Some exciting young talent was unearthed at Otaki today.

Sentimental Miss and Atlanta Peach looked a pair  with bright futures.

His apprentice days behind him, Tim Johnson (pictured) rode like an old pro to get Sentimental Miss home with a whirlwind finish from the back.


“I told Timmy to   start  making up ground from the 600 to 400 and come with the last run,” said trainer Lisa Latta.

“This filly has a lot of ability.”

Johnathan Parkes, who was third on Calling Us Home, would have been querying his judgment. He had ridden Sentimental Miss in her past two starts.

Atlanta Peach, ridden by Tony Allan who took Empire Rose to Melbourne Cup glory 30 years to the day, was a class above in her maiden.

She had only been with Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen for the past  month, She was with Murray Baker but went unraced for two years.

Lodi got a deserved win in the fourth and will now heads to Trentham for a $30,000 special conditions race.

“A gun ride,” said trainer Johno Benner, lavishing praise on jocks premiership pacesetter Lisa Allpress, who is about to serve a week’s suspension.