News Alert Wins Canterbury Classic

January 15, 2010

News Alert Wins Canterbury Classic

On Thursday night Canterbury Park racecourse held one of their thrilling twilight race meetings, with the feature race of the night, the $100 000 Listed Canterbury BMW Classic (1100m) taken out by the Con Karakatsanis-trained News Alert.

Sydney sprinter News Alert ($6) claimed a close victory ahead of the hot pre-race favourite, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel with Kenny’s World ($9) finishing off the trifecta in the sprint.

Four-year-old Pinwheel just missed out on securing his fourth successive victory, but it was a great resurgence to top form for five-year-old News Alert after he was scratched last minute on New Year’s Day from the Carrington Stakes for signs of lameness from a sore heel. News Alert has now won seven of this 25 career starts.

The other highly fancied runner heading into the race was Gai Waterhouse’s Bank Robber, the $3.10 second favourite just missed out on a placing finishing a neck back in fourth after leading in the early stages of the race before carrying the top weight tiered him over the final stages.

2010 Canterbury BMW Classic Results:

Placing

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Margin

1
NEWS ALERT
Con Karakatanis H. Bowman
2
PINWHEEL
Peter Snowden C. Brown 0.5
3
KENNY’S WORLD
Graeme Murry G. Schofield 1.8
4
BANK ROBBER
Gai Waterhouse B. Shinn 1.9
5
HADAAF
Joseph Pr4ide P. Robl 2.0
6
ACQUIRED (NZ)
Gary Portelli N. Berry 2.2
7
BUDABAR
J & G Lee P. Wells 2.8
8
HE’S IN DEMAND
Mark Schmetzer G. Bucklye 2.9
Scratched:
PINS ON PARADE (NZ)

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