News In Brief
First strike for Shin
Apprentice Alex Shin celebrated his first winner on Thursday.
The 22-year-old’s special moment came at his 10th race day ride when he guided The Great Guru to victory in the Vets on Riverbank Handicap (2200m) at Otaki.
“I’m working as hard as I can and that was awesome,” he said.
Shin spent time with Chad Ormsby before joining Roydon Bergerson’s stable and he also regularly rides work for Awapuni trainers Gary Vile, The Great Guru’s conditioner Lisa Latta and at Kamada Park.
Well-related youngster scores
A filly from the family of the mighty Makybe Diva made a perfect debut at Otaki.
A trial winner, the Burgundy two-year-old Pinot Grey made all the running in Thursday’s Mills Reef Winery 2YO (1000m) and cruised clear in the run home for rider Cameron Lammas.
Trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, she was a $145,000 purchase out of Cambridge Stud’s draft by Te Akau principal David Ellis at Karaka earlier this year.
“To buy a filly in January, have her win like she did within ten months and then prepare for a million dollar race — it doesn’t get much more exciting,” Ellis said.
Odeon on Group One back-up
Odeon will bid to give his Inglewood Stud-based sire Zacinto his first Australian Group One winner on Saturday.
The four-year-old will be on a quick back-up at Flemington into the A$2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m) following his impressive win in Tuesday’s Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m).
Odeon was bred by Kevin Hickman, who shares in the ownership of Zacinto and is also a major shareholder in Ugo Foscolo, the stallion’s first Group One winner when successful in last year’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).