An inch-perfect ride from in-form jockey Ryan Elliot saw progressive five-year-old Hanger return to the winner’s enclosure when successful over 1400 metres at Ruakaka on Saturday.
The gelding had been in indifferent form since winning first-up over 1200 metres at Awapuni back in January. A disappointing last start-performance at Te Rapa back in April saw trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood give him time to get over that run and some impressive trackwork during the week had them confident of a bold showing.
“It’s great to see him back to winning form as on his day he has any amount of ability but he can do things wrong,” Wellwood said.
“I wanted Ryan to let him find his feet early on and come with one run and he handled him perfectly. To be fair, where I was standing, I thought we were going home with the consolation prize so to get the win was a surprise and a very pleasing one at that.”
Hanger, who is raced by Cambridge Stud’s Bevan and Jo Lindsay in partnership with Waikato Stud, now boasts a record of four wins, three seconds and three fourths from 16 starts.