Racing: The Cossack is the lord of the dance despite its weight

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The Cossack on the way to victory at Hastings yesterday. Photo / Race Pictures

The local training partnership of Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal dominated the proceedings at Hastings yesterday, winning all four show jumping races on the card, including the two star events.

After promising hurdler Noess kicked off the day with a great victory for rider Shaun Phelan, show jumping champion The Cossack took victory at 73kg in the Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m).

Class ultimately prevailed despite The Cossack awkwardly jumping last, with the star jumper winning by three lengths behind Kajino.

Nelson was confident The Cossack could win again despite carrying at least 6kg more than his rivals, but admitted the effort took a good chunk out of his champion.

“Shaun said he wasn’t as bright as he normally is and maybe it was the backlash from the obstacle course he had the other day,” he said. -he declares.

“He didn’t handle that last fence very well, but luckily the other horse didn’t either, so he managed to get away with it.”

The Cossack won nine of his 14 hurdle starts and 13 races overall for a $400,000 prize.

● New Plymouth coach Allan Sharrock made the most of a 5 hour road trip to Hastings when he achieved a 100% success rate with his three riders.

Sharrock left home at 3am yesterday, arrived in Hastings at 8.30am and put his first runner Darci La Bella on the track in the third race at 12.34pm.

The progressive 4-year-old mare was given a hot favorite at $2.30 and did not disappoint as she slid home on the heavy 10 surface to win the 1200m open.

A race later, potential Summer Cup contender Ladies Man came home from afar to win at the same $2.30 quote, leaving talented winter performer Justaskme to end a perfect day.

The 6-year-old son of No Excuse Needed did not disappoint, as he relished apprentice Jeetesh Mudhoo’s 4kg claim and the test track to finish atop Verry Flash and Kick On.

● Local father-daughter training partnership Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-Tuhoro won a special double at Ruakaka.

The pair sponsored the first race and recouped most of the prize money when the fast filly Deploy took back-to-back victories with game performance after challenging the pace throughout.

Rae and Williams-Tuhoro also had a strong hand in the Waipu Cup (1400m) with race favorite Irish Girl and consistent performer Zelenski.

It proved the case with victory for Zelenski, born and owned by Lars Pearson, with Irish Girl battling for fourth place in her first race after a campaign on the South Island in the fall.

– New Zealand Race Office

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