There was no need for protection for The Bodyguard at
Riverton yesterday as he picked up his first win from 11
The 4yr-old son of Painted Black has looked like a stayer in
the making and his tough run for 12th at Wingatui last
Saturday did not put too many punters off, as he bounded
clear to win a 1600m maiden by three lengths.
The gelding was bred by trainer Paul Richards, who shares in
the ownership with his wife, Leanne.
''We're thrilled with him and Doni,'' Leanne Richards told
''He made a nice job of that ride.''
The Bodyguard, who had placed four times prior to yesterday's
win, is the second foal out of the Random Chance mare Solo
Star to make it to the races for Richards in a breeding role.
Anzac Star has won seven of his 20 starts, with his last
appearance a win at Oamaru in July last year.
One horse to the races yesterday for one win might have
looked easy for Wingatui trainer Steve Anderton, but Ginty's
Choice's win in the rating 75 1600m belied the effort
Anderton had to put in behind the scenes.
The Coats Choice mare has suffered from tying-up (or
cramping) problems which Anderton told Trackside TV he had
been trying to get on top of.
''We just went through a stage where it was a bit
frustrating. You've just got to work around it - there's no
real known cure for it,'' he saidGinty's Choice gave Toni
Direen her second riding win of the day, after she earlier
teamed up with Split Decision to win at long odds for Tapanui
trainers Nikkie and Barrie Blatch. It was the
husband-and-wife team's first training success since
Manonthemoon won at Winton in November 2011. The couple now
have 32 wins to their name as a training partnership.
First win for Kahlon
Apprentice jockey Taminder Kahlon fought back the tears after
her first winning ride, guiding home Sandfly for trainer
Sally McKay in the rating 85 1200m. Kahlon was apprenticed to
John and Karen Parsons for three years after arriving from
India, before coming under the tutelage of McKay. She had
seven unplaced rides prior to yesterday's win. Sandfly's win
completed a race-to-race double for McKay, who prepared
Saperavious to win the 1200m maiden at long odds in the