Three wins for Hopes at Rangiora

By Shelley Topp
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The golden weather in North Canterbury   continued  for the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Rangiora  last Sunday with a  fine, warm and still day,  perfect for racing.

Greg Nina Ben Hope

Greg and Nina Hope, with their eldest son, Ben, at Addington Raceway on Show Day last year. The Hope team was in fine form at Rangiora last Sunday, April 19, winning three races. Photo Shelley Topp

It was a golden day too for Woodend Beach trainers, Greg and Nina Hope. Their team  was in great form   with Bandana,  Motu Make A Splash and Usain Colt all winning races.

Gavin Smith, Ricky May and Blair Orange were also in good  form driving two winners each.
Gavin also trained one of the winners he drove,  Great Things Happen, a three-year-old colt by Love You from Calamity Gal, which  his wife Sarah part owns. His second win of the day came in Race 10 with Aile  Rouge,  trained at Leithfield Beach by   Robbie Holmes,  who was sidelined from driving on the day with a badly injured hand caused by a kick from a young horse. The Holmes stable also won the previous race with Givematasteofkiwi, who ran  the mobile 1609m race  for fillies and mares in 1.59.7.

Bruce Collen Negus bit of a trickIt was a great day out too for Burnham trainer Bruce Negus, and his wife Colleen, when  Bit Of A Trick won the feature race, the $25,000 Canterbury Country Cups Series Final.  The four-year-old  son of  Lis Mara and Quick Atom  has now won 8 races and more than $77,000 in stakemoney. Sunday’s race was his biggest win so far but he is being prepared for the Ashburton Trotting Club’s rich Jewels meeting next month, on May 30,  where he will run in the Group One $150,000  Four-Year-Old   Emerald for  pacing geldings and entires.
The  Rangiora stake  has helped elevate Bit Of A Trick  into ninth place on the leader board for the prestigious race. The young gelding is  owned by Australian Greg Brodie, who was not at Rangiora to see the win. Bit Of A Trick  was driven for the first time at the races by Terry Chmiel on Sunday.
The fine, warm weather for last Sunday’s meeting was a welcome bonus for the club for this time of year and  the president, Greg Wright, said they were hoping it would continue for their next meeting, this  Sunday on April 26.

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