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Sunday, June 25 2017

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike completed a satisfying 24 hours when Hui Hai Stars dashed home to score an eye-catching win at Te Aroha on Sunday.

Hui Hai Stars  - Trish Dunell

Fresh off a recent mid-winter holiday, Pike produced Dynamic Eagle for a comfortable victory at Tauranga on Saturday and completed a winning weekend with Hui Hai Stars who was having just her second raceday start after placing third at Avondale on debut.

The benefit of that raceday experience weighed in the Pour Moi filly's favour late in the piece as she dashed away from debutant Way Too Easy after the pair settled down to fight out the finish to the 1000 metre contest.

"She was perhaps a touch unlucky at Avondale as she never really got clear and finished the race off strongly," noted Pike after the race.

"She travelled well today from an awkward gate and it was a nice confident ride from Jordan (Nason). He didn't push the button too early and she was always travelling."

Pike is confident the filly can measure up in better company with plans in place to test that theory in the coming months.

"She's a big filly but obviously handles this sort of ground and is very genuine," he said.

"Seeing she does handle this ground and seems to love being in work I think we will press on and might look at a couple of black type options with her at the tail end of the season."

Those options could include the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m), with the traditional late season juvenile feature scheduled to be run at Otaki on the 29th of July.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 06:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email