By Tayler Strong
Seduce Me, a winner at Oamaru on Sunday, is set to back up 22 hours later 140km south at Wingatui.
Seduce Me was among four winners for the Roxburgh stable of Geoff and Jude Knight on grass on Sunday. The stable also has Lis Amore (race 2), Idealistic Lass (race 5) and Jerry Fitz (race 6) engaged in six harness races at the dual code meeting on grass at Wingatui today.
“It was always the plan to race her (Seduce Me) at Wingatui but I wanted to see how she came through her race at Oamaru. She is running around the paddock like a mad thing,’’ said Geoff Knight this morning.
Seduce Me remained at Oamaru after travelling there on Saturday with other members of the stable.
“Staying away from home seems to suit them,’’ said Knight.
Matthew Williamson, who drove five winners on Sunday including the four Knight horses, has been engaged for Idealistic Lass and Jerry Fitz, both winners on grass.
Nathan Williamson will take the reins on Seduce Me and Lis Amore. Seduce Me is in the same race (5) as Idealistic Lass, a mobile 2200m. The Knights had also planned to start Silver Dale at Wingatui but he became ineligible with his win at Oamaru.
Seduce Me had her rating upped to 60 from 53 and she just remained in the conditions of the race. Her two wins have been on grass at Oamaru. She is raced by the Central Courage syndicate, including veterinarian Peter Gillespie, the chairman of the board of control of the Forbury Park club, the host club today.
Seduce Me and Idealistic Lass will be opposed by Delightful Jay, who overcame a second line draw to win at Forbury Park on March 9 in her first start from the Graeme Anderson stable. Delightful Jay is part-owned by Brian Anderton, the thoroughbred trainer with six horses engaged in the seven races on the dual code programme.
They include Gallant Boy, who will attempt to repeat his win of last year in the Publican’s Cup, an open 1600m.
The meeting is nostalgic for Anderton as he had his first race ride at a Beaumont meeting(then held at Beaumont) in 1950 as a 13-year-old.
Bakari, the talented 3-year-old, has the challenge of a standing start in race 6. He was impressive winning last time at Forbury Park after racing keenly and hanging in. His 10 races have been from the mobile gate. His stablemate and race rival Motu Time To Shine has won from a stand.
Booming Jet joined the Knight stable after an unplaced run at Oamaru. She will do her future racing for the Monday Knight syndicate. The 4-yr-old Jereme’s Jet mare was a winner at Alexandra Park seven months ago when trained by Pukekohe owner, Steven Reid.
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