Lanua finishes big to give Northam victory

Lanua storms home to win, with Greg Ryan on board, in the opening race of the day at Wellington. Fortior Ito (#2) was second with Ready To Image (far right) third. Photos: JANIAN MCMILLAN (www.racingphotography南京夜网.au)Scone trainer Rodney Northam was rewarded for his trip to Wellington with a win for Domesday gelding Lanua in the $15,000 Wellington Motor Inn Maiden yesterday.
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The three-year-old showed plenty of speed on the home straight to edge out the competition for the his victory.

Jeff McNair’s Shovellawin and Jeff Brasch’s Fortior Ito led the way but didn’t have enough left in the run to the line, although Fortiori Ito held on for second.

Wellington trainer Garry McCarney gave the locals something to cheer about with Ready To Image flying home for third.

Northam came into the race hopeful his young gelding could get a good result but he did have a bit of doubt.

“He’s always showed a little bit of ability but he’s very immature and very green and I thought that might have brought him undone if anything was going to.

“But he got a perfect run, everything went well and Greg rode him really well,” he said.

Shovellawin (John McNair) came into the race as slender $3.40 favourite, ahead of Lanua (Greg Ryan) on $3.80 and Fortior Ito (Anthony Cavallo) offering $5.

Shovellawin wasted no time getting out to the lead, despite ducking her head off the start. She led Fortior Ito in the early stages with a two length gap back to Sejour (Mathew Cahill, $8) and Lanua.

The favourite extended his gap as they came around the final bend and had a one-and-a-half metre gap to second, with the same distance between second and third.

That quickly changed as they made their sprint to the line with Ryan firing Lanua out wide and he had the pace to run his rivals down and build a length lead of his own.

He took the win by one-and-a-quarter lengths from Fortior Ito, with Ready To Image a long neck back in third.

Northam said he was happy with the run from Lanua. He said the gelding didn’t run as well on the downhill section of the track but was happy to see him pick up speed as it flattened out.

The trainer isn’t predicting huge things from Lanua but believes he can carve out a solid career.

“We’ll go through our grades and for a class 1 in the bush, nothing too exciting.

“We will probably step him up for distance, he might be better when he gets over more ground,” he said.

“I think he can win a few more races, he should be able to go through his classes.”

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