Vic N Art with his owners Jacqui, Eion, Brent and Pat Latimer after success last night at Forbury Park. Photo by Linda Robertson.
French Desire started her career on a winning note at Forbury
Park last night.
The 7yr-old mare is raced by her Tomahawk trainer-driver Ali
Malcolmson, who leases the daughter of Britewell from the
estate of Jim Murray, the former Mosgiel veterinarian.
French Desire is bred to trot, being a daughter of Bouquet
d'Etoile, who left Superstaragogo, the winner of eight races
from the Tapanui stable of Alan Shaw.
Superstaragogo is the dam of Superstarourwishes, who recorded
her seventh win last night from the Shaw stable. Five of
those wins have been at Forbury Park.
Superstarourwishes is raced by Shaw, his wife Valda, and
Maureen Frith of Dunedin.
Bouquet d'Etoile was by Plat du Jour from Framalda.
Framalda (Tuft-Dianthus Girl) was a talented trotting mare in
the 1970s, winning 22 races from the Roy and Barry Purdon
• Vic N Art lived up to his trial win on Tuesday at Oamaru
when he beat the hot favourite, Matt Maguire, in the final
race last night.
It was the sixth win for the Captain Rufus 6yr-old, who along
with his stablemate, Motu Speedy Star, will have his next
start in a 3200m race at Addington on Show Day, next Friday.
"The horse has been holding his breath and we tried a tongue
tie on him tonight which seemed to work," Eion Latimer, his
Oamaru trainer, said.
Latimer bought the horse as a 1-win 4yr-old from Alan
Paisley, the Invercargill trainer.
Latimer races the gelding with his wife, Pat, and children
Jacqui and Brent.
• Presidential Honour enhanced the splendid record of his
dam, Royal Honour, when he won his third race last night for
Waimate trainer Deidre Brown.
Royal Honour has left the winners Royal Courage (9 wins), Our
Riki (3), Our Fred (5), Royal Rascal (5) and Jagged Account
• Allen Edwards, of Port Chalmers, a member of the 50-person
Met Seven Syndicate, was on hand to see Belkmyster win his
first race at his seventh start last night.
Belkmyster, a 3yr-old son of Mach Three who was bought at the
yearling sales by his trainer, Cran Dalgety, was suited by
the 2200m against lesser opposition and saved for a final
Armbro Operative, the dam of Belkmyster, is a daughter of
Cash Asset, the dam of Happy Asset, the winner of 14 races.
Edwards had his first win as co-owner with Dave Hannah of the
trotter Come Here, who won five races from the stable of
Derek Jones in the 1970s.
Edwards has had success with other Met syndicate horses
including Likmesiah, who won 13 races including the New
Zealand Derby; Texas Hold Em (8 wins) and Western Flare (10