Rampant beats Ma Belle Ami, and Odyssey. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
On Thursday at Rotorua, Hastings trainer Guy Lowry, who is now in partnership with Grant Cullen, gained his 100th training success when smart galloper Rampant (4 Br. G. Towkay – On Honeymoon, by Spectacular Love) proved too good in the Lowe Schollum & Jones Rating 80 over 1230-metres.
Having trained for thirteen years, Lowry is from a family steeped in the heritage of New Zealand racing, and after growing up tending horses he was educated at the Marcus Oldham equine college before a four-year stint working as stable foreman for master trainer Bart Cummings.
Lowry and Cullen are in their second year of training together and saddled five winners during the recent two-day meeting at Gisborne, with the latest victory giving them a tally of eight for the season.
Away from the hustle and bustle of busy training centres, their set up besides the track at Hastings provides a perfect environment for horses to prosper.
Bred by the Towkay Partnership and raced by the On Honeymooners Syndicate, managed by Sam Williams, the stud master at Little Avondale Stud where Towkay (Last Tycoon) stands, Rampant was considered good enough to undertake a Guineas preparation after he won his Maiden in impressive fashion at Awapuni in September last year, but a few injury niggles put paid to his prospects.
Lowry had said recently that stepping up the quota of work Rampant was undertaking would be a telling factor in the way the horse responded, and to win in the manner he did suggests he has coped admirably.
Rampant gave rider Matthew Cameron his second win on the programme when he levelled ominously at the 200m after racing fourth on the outer, before drawing away over the concluding stages to beat the capable filly Ma Bell Ami (Commands) by one-length.
Cameron, who rode a hat-trick at Tauranga last Saturday, scored his additional victory aboard the Graham Richardson-trained Boy Star (3 Br. G. Goldmine – West Life, by The Commander) for breeder and owner L K, Mrs P M & Miss S P Townsend.
The Lowry-Cullen stable has a team of six horses accepted for the Masterton Racing Club meeting at Tauherenikau on Saturday November 20, with previous course-distance winner Southern Heights (Align) likely to give another good account after she resumed from a spell with an emphatic victory at Gisborne last start.