Matthew Williamson guides Pembrook's Delight to victory in the $10,000 mares feature at Roxburgh yesterday. Photo by Matt Smith.
Pembrook's Delight gave her army of Roxburgh supporters
plenty of joy after her win in the $10,000 mares feature
yesterday - but it hung in the balance after the race.
Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight had the mare just
right on the day, beating Flyover by 1 lengths in a time of
2.41.8, but then had to survive an inquiry after a protest
was filed by the stipendiary stewards, on behalf of the
connections of Flyover.
However, Pembrook's Delight held her first placing after it
could not be proved conclusively that driver Matthew
Williamson had pushed out illegally in front of Flyover at
the 1700m mark.
The win rates highly for the Knights, who prepare the mare
for Bill and Pauline Bain, of Roxburgh, and Judy Campbell, of
Earnscleugh Station, and the emotion in Geoff Knight's voice
after the race was evident.
''We heard a few stories about how the tactical race was
going to go and, being on your home track, everyone wants to
beat her,'' Knight said.
''Apart from the Jewels, that's probably more special.''
Williamson's decision to move before Flyover was the winning
of the race, as he got the lead and was able to control the
tempo, even once Flyover followed around to sit parked.
''He's a terrific driver,'' Knight said.
Bill Bain is also the president of the Roxburgh Trotting
Club, and has been involved for 15 years ever since he went
to help out in a working bee. He was a proud man on two
fronts - as an owner and as the president.
''She's Roxburgh's horse- a lot of people came today just to
see her, and that's why we were keen to have this race for
Bain would eventually like to have a mares' free-for-all on
the Roxburgh programme every year.
''I think we've got to encourage mares' racing,' Bain said.
Bain has experience of the inquiry room at Roxburgh. He and
the other owners of Onedin Dancer were successful at the 2007
meeting, when she was promoted from third to first after a
passing lane infringement from Letsgo Jaccka and Nature
Roxburgh trainers had more success when Bill Keeler trained
Kaylea Bolter to win a 2200m maiden in 2.44.4, scooting clear
to win by 3 lengths.
The 3yr-old is the second product of American sire Klondike
Kid to win in New Zealand after Lilly Jones won at Winton
Additional information for meetings today.-
Race 3: Lilique - C Lammas.
Race 9: La Pinnicle - S Shirahama (2).
Race 3: Keep Reiming.
Race 8: Gold Rock.
Race 1: Pescatore, Dancing Sappphire.
Race 7: Polly Flinders.
Race 1: Red Leader - C Barnes (3); Istatadlate - L
Race 2: Steel Battle - P Tayor.
Race 5: Asworthy - C Barnes (3); Livana - C Johnson.
Race 7: Homeland- C Barnes (3).
Race 9: Captain Bro - C Barnes (3).
Race 1: Boss Jones, Sonny Ben.
Race 4: Edenbrae.
Race 7: Spurs Are Off.