Six Win Saturday - Win No.1 Remington

Date: 15 Nov 2020

Six Win Saturday - Win No.1 Remington

Premiership leading trainer Jamie Richards had a terrific start to Cup Day at Riccarton, when Remington (6 g Darci Brahma - Kudamm, by Cape Cross) pegged back stable-mate Equinox (Exceed and Excel) to win the $40,000 Avon City Ford Open 1400 metres.

Given a lovely ride by Matt Cameron, recording his 237thwin in the tangerine, Remington was content settling midfield on a competitive tempo, coming from 10that the 600m with a spearing finish between runners in the straight. 

“He got a nice trip and the speed was on across the top,” Cameron said. “I saw the first two take off, so decided to wait and he got the right split, a better run in behind them, and had the last say.”

On footing rated Dead5, Remington ran the 1400 metres in a slick 1:22.3, last 600m 34.5, and paid $19.90 & $5.40 on the NZ TAB tote.

“It's a good way to kick the day off,” Richards said. “We'd been struggling a bit with placed efforts, but the team here have done a wonderful job and they looked terrific before the race.

“He's been racing solidly, done a great job in winning and he can return home for a break at Te Akau Stud and get ready for racing after Christmas.

“He was aided by a lovely ride by Matt (Cameron). One off the fence, got the suck run through, and he did a good job.

“Equinox ran well for second and tried really hard. It was a positive ride from Danielle (Johnson) and he did his best. Both of these horses were a bit unlucky at their last starts and they were able to turn their form around which is terrific.”

Out of the winner's circle since scoring on the same day in 2018, Remington had continued to race creditably up in grade and returned to the form that saw him win three of his four starts during a southern campaign two years ago.

Owned by the Te Akau Remington Steele Syndicate, he was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis for $75,000, from the draft of Pencarrow Stud, at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale, out of the impressive winner and stakes' placed mare Kudamm (Cape Cross), who notched three of her four wins over 1600 metres. 

“What a thrill to quinella a race on New Zealand Cup Day and it just shows what an outstanding job the team down have done in keeping these horses in peak condition throughout their campaigns,” Ellis said. 

“The track looks beautiful, holding up to three days of racing during the week, and the Canterbury Jockey Club has turned on a magnificent day to showcase New Zealand racing. The course is full of people and it makes you realise why we're all part of this great industry.”

“Remington is out of a really good mare. We trained Kudamm and thought she was our Oaks' filly in her three-year-old season, but she had soundness problems and was retired. I always kept in the back of my mind that she could leave a really good horse and Remington has always shown plenty of ability and great heart.

“I bought him from Sir Peter Vela at Karaka, who I also bought his champion sire Darci Brahma from and he won the 2000 Guineas here at Riccarton, among five Group 1 wins.”

Remington was strapped by Madi Munro, who earlier in the week strapped Coupland's Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m) winner Hypnos (Reliable Man). 

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