Riccarton-based trainer Lance Robinson picked up an early double on his home track today when he produced Khimar War and Live Drama to take out races two and three on the programme.
Robinson, a former top jockey, is building a great winning strike-rate with the 24 horses has in work.
He has always had a high opinion of Khimar War, a horse who won one race as a two-year-old but was unplaced in two three-year-old stakes races earlier this year before a close last start second in a Rating 65 race over 1000m at Riccarton on March 6.
“I think he’s a very good horse and is only just starting to come to it now,” Robinson said.
Khimar War was taken back from a wide draw in the early stages of today’s $25,000 Selwyn Rakaia Vet Services Three-year-old (1400m) but produced a barn storming late run to get up in the last few strides to snatch a half-neck win.
Robinson said there are not many good races left this season for three-year-olds so he will probably turn the horse out now and aim him at the New Zealand Cup meeting in November.
Robinson said he has also always held the two-year-old filly Live Drama in high regard and wasn’t surprised when the daughter of first season sire Ghibellines made an impressive winning debut in today’s $22,500 Petersens Jewellers Ladies Bracelet (1000m).
“I’ve always had big wraps on the filly but I’ve kept it to myself because you never know how they will go until race day,” Robinson said.
Robinson said he bought the filly from Brian Anderton, who stands the stallion Ghibellines at his White Robe Lodge Stud. The son of Shamardal raced only eight times in Australia and was a Group 2 winner of the Todman Stakes (1200m) in Sydney.
“When I bought her (Live Drama) Brian said to me you have just bought a filly that could be the first winner by Ghibellines and that’s what’s happened,” Robinson added.
Live Drama, who had recorded a win and a third in two barrier trials before today, scored a strong 1-1/4 length win over Our Rosette, who was a further 2-3/4 lengths in front of third placed Touchabeel.
Robinson was unsure of the future plans for Live Drama.
“There is race here in a couple of weeks but I may now put her out and bring her back for the Canterbury Belle Stakes in the spring,” he said.