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There was little joy for Otago horses as Canterbury raiders dominated yesterday’s nine-race card at Wingatui with eight wins.
The Brian and Shane Anderton-trained Poppa stood alone as the only victory on his home track after he broke through for a maiden victory in race 7 for Jacob Lowry, the jockey’s 200th win.
Poppa came into yesterday’s 1600m event after producing a run of consistent form but without having broken through to win.
In the home straight the 4-year-old looked destined for another solid top-4 finish before he dived through late after being angled between runners by Lowry.
The victory continued the winning run of the Anderton-Lowry combination after their remarkable win with Exchange at Riccarton on Saturday.
Exchange was left six lengths behind the field when jumping poorly but staged a huge recovery courtesy of some precise manoeuvring from his rider to score a highly impressive win.
The 4-year-old has now been sent for a spell and is to be aimed at spring racing.
Riccarton trainer Terri Rae kept up her brilliant strike rate when producing two winners in their first starts from her stable at yesterday’s meeting.
Rae stepped out She’s No Lady for the first time and she delivered in style when winning over 1200m for rider Krishna Mudhoo in race 3.
Just minutes later Rae turned around the ordinary form of Maneki Neko when he also won race 4 over 1200m with Mudhoo in the saddle.
Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons also produced a race-to-race double on yesterday’s programme.
Jack Be Quick scored his second career win over 2200m for Wingatui rider Corey Campbell in race 5.
The Parsons stable also produced Decisive for a maiden victory over 1400m for rider Gosen Jogoo.