Just a week after dominating with a powerful display at Awapuni, promising winter galloper Strolling Vagabond dished it up again on the weekend as she made it back-to-back victories in fine style at Trentham.
The four-year-old Darci Brahma mare took a rise in grade to rating 75 company in her stride as she sprinted clear in the run home to score a comprehensive four length win in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series sponsored 1400 metre contest.
Apprentice Madan Singh made good use of his three kilogram claim as he positioned his charge outside the early pace before easing to the front near the home turn, forcing his higher weighted rivals to chase hard in the testing conditions. Relishing the tricky surface Strolling Vagabond skipped clear to put the result beyond doubt as she recorded her 4th win from 24 starts.
Trainer Gerald Innes was suitably impressed with the performance despite admitting to some misgivings about the tactics employed by Singh during the event.
"She certainly handled that pretty well didn't she," he remarked after the race.
"When he went to the front turning for home I thought he'd gone a mile to soon but I suppose she was giving him a good feel and travelling well."
Innes also admitted he may have to lift his sights with the mare with one of the traditional winter features now a potential target.
"If she can keep this form up we might have to have a look at the Winter Cup or a race like that," he said.
"We actually turned her out for a month and then brought her back as I thought she might get some tracks that suited her during autumn.
"She had an unlucky run at Hastings on a good track and now she has struck two heavy tracks for two wins."
The Gr. 3 Estaronline Winter Cup is the feature event on the first day of Riccarton's annual three-day winter carnival that starts on August 5.