Day At The Track

Alta Shelby back in form

09:09 AM 16 Apr 2018 NZST
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Alta Shelby after winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

Alta Shelby looks to be getting back to the form he showed early in his three year old season when he comprehensively dealt to a field of R51 - R53s at Winton on Saturday.

The Mach Three colt lead all the way and won easily by four and a half lengths running the 2400 metre mobile in a smart 2-56.0. 

"He's just starting to come back into form which is pretty pleasing. I thought he would go really close today. We changed a bit of gear on him. He's a bit of a head shaker so I put a chinguard on him and it's made all the difference. He's starting to live up to his potential and what he showed early on," said trainer Mitch Kerr who's considering a start in the Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in a fortnight.

The Winton Business's Cup was won by the Ken and Tony Barron trained Royal Bengal.

The four year was originally trained in Southland by Robin Swain before heading to Canterbury. Owned by Baynes Racing Limited which is Kenny Baynes and his sister in-law Penny, he carries the colours made famous by Kenny's father the late Colin Baynes. The same colours were worn when Kamahl driven by Colin Baynes won this race in 1983.

The winning margin today was a length and a quarter with Star Commander running second.


Royal Bengal adding the Winton Cup to the Gore Cup he also won - Photo Bruce Stewart.

The race was marred by the second favourite Aloka breaking at the 450 metre mark. He was pulled out of the race by driver Blair Orange and found to have fractured his left hind cannon bone. Unfortunately for all his connections he had to be euthanaised.

Winton Cup winners last 10years

Year

Winner

Age

Sire

Driver

Trainer

Distance

Time

2008

Biella Star

4g

Mattuity

DJ Dunn

RD Holmes

2400m

3-01.0

2009

Bettor's Strike

4g

Bettor's Delight

DJ Dunn

CT Dalgety

2400m

2-58.8

2010

Lionels Meddle

4g

Live Or Die

JR Dunn

RJ Dunn

3200m

4-04.6

2011

Van Washington Man

6g

Washington VC

RT May

BA Waldron

3200m

4-06.5

2012

Texican

3g

Bettor's Delight

DJ Dunn

CT Dalgety

3200m

4-05.5

2013

Jimmy Johnstone

4g

P-Forty Seven

JC Hay

JC Hay

3200m

4-04.9

2014

Belkmyster

4g

Mach Three

DJ Dunn

G Anderson

3200 metres

4-06.0

2015

That's Hunting Pink

5m

Christian Cullen

Terry Chmiel

Dean Taylor

3200 metres

4-02.5

2015

Costa Del Magnifico

4h

Mach Three

Nathan Williamson

Brent Shirley

3200 metres

3-59.8

2016

Democrat Party

4m

American Ideal

Nathan Williamson

Katrina and John Price

2400 metre stand

3-01.2

2017

Delightful Memphis

3f

Bettors Delight

Blair Orange

Mark Jones 

2400 metre stand

2-55.5

2018

Royal Bengal

4g

Bettors Delight

Dexter Dunn

Ken and Tony Barron

2400 metre stand

2-57.1

 

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness racing

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