Racing: Dual delight for trainer and rider

Wingatui trainer Steven Prince claimed a late double to leave Winton with a smile on his face yesterday.

Prince watched Recording win the feature race, the $15,000 Winton Cup, before ending the day with Pinot Express winning a rating 75 race over 1400m.

It was also a special day for jockey Kylie Williams, who had both winning rides on her birthday.

Recording, the 5yr-old gelding by Stravinsky out of Singalong, was having just his second race over 1600m after finishing eighth at Riccarton in May. It was a second straight win for the horse, who also won at Wingatui on Melbourne Cup Day.

Recording, who posted a third win in 27 starts, is owned by Prince's sons, Ryan and Blake.

Ryan works as an engineer in Perth but was at the track to see his father win the Winton Cup for the first time.

"He's a fair horse, this bloke. It was a step up today," Prince said.

The Winton Cup had a thrilling finish, as Recording held off Infallible over the last 200m. Favourite Schmeckenbecher was third.

Recording may now race in a rating 85 1600m in Invercargill.

"He was racing out of his grade today, so we'll have to see what the handicappers do to him," Prince said.

In the final race, 6yr-old mare Pinot Express staged her run beautifully to win by a length and a-half from Schockemohle.

Pinot Express, which had a fresh-up second at Wingatui, won for a fifth time in 32 starts.

"She blew a bit after Wingatui the other day but she improved since. She'll go on again because she's a fair horse," Prince said.