The $50,000 Gore Guineas winner, the Pukekohe-trained Excelleration, lived up to her name on Saturday, Gore Racing Club member Jimmy Allison said.
The annual Gore Guineas meeting was held on Saturday at the Gore Racecourse and the feature race over 1335m for 3yr-old thoroughbreds was a great race, Allison said.
“It was probably one of the best fields we’ve ever had and she [Excelleration] won it very easily,” he said.
It was the second consecutive win by the Nigel Tiley-trained filly, who has now won three of seven race starts.
Excelleration began slowly in the Gore Guineas, settling at the tail of the field and did not get the easiest of runs.
But in the closing stages she dashed past the leaders, including another favoured contender, the Christchurch-trained filly Pipiana, in an extremely convincing manner.
Allison said Excelleration would now head to Christchurch where she would be trained at Riccarton by Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong.
The filly would be aimed at the remaining southern Guineas races.
Allison said the day went well.
It was also a good day for Southland trainers who produced four winners. Riverton’s Stephen Blair-Edie won race 3 with He’s Mi Brother; Ellis Winsloe (Gore) was successful with Accidental Offiside in race 5; and Ascot Park trainer Jo-Ann Gordon won with Shatki (race 6) and Rock Solid (race 9).
Results of the 2018 Gore Guineas
Race 7: Gore Guineas
First place: No9 Excelleration. Jockey: Kylie Williams
Second place: 4 Kiwi Ida. Jockey: Gosen Jogoo