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Saturday, June 24 2017

Pacorus' run of form might put regular rider Viktoria Gatu's travel plans on hold.

Pacorus  - Trish Dunell Photography

They combined to win Saturday's Orora Kiwi Packaging Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga and trainer Chris Wood in understandably keen to keep the pair together.

"Viktoria is looking to go on holiday, but she might have to wait a bit to go back to Sweden!" he said.

Gatu, who served her apprenticeship with Wood, has been aboard Pacorus in all but one of his nine wins and she again served him well at Tauranga.

"He ran a great race and loved the conditions – he's a brilliant horse to have in the stable," she said.

Gatu was happy to sit three wide near the pace on Pacorus, who was allowed to stride to the lead 500 metres from home.

"I was worried I had gone a bit too soon with the weight he had, but he kicked on really well," she said. "He's my number one."

Pacorus was out on his own on straightening and the son of Tavistock showed no signs of shortening stride in the run to the post.

"I'm thrilled to bits for the horse and the rider, he's a real trier and it was a lovely ride," Wood said.

"He can sustain a long run and with the 58kg we worked out a plan of attack and it all worked out."

Wood, who later completed a Tauranga double with Wooden Edge, now has an eye on the Listed Taumarunui Gold Cup at Arawa Park on July 29 for Pacorus and is yet undecided if and where the five-year-old may have an outing beforehand.

Doiknowyou enjoyed a good run behind the speed and he rallied well for second money ahead of Gentil Tonton, who came from last, and the topweight Pump Up The Volume.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 06:02 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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