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Trentham spoils await Didham and Hannam
By RON GURNEY | May 19, 2022

Peter Didham and his brother-in-law jockey Robert Hannam can go to Trentham on Saturday, confident Champers and Far Site will hold the stable in good stead.

The two horses worked impressively in separate gallops at Awapuni this morning, wide out on the soft course proper.

Champers, in the Rangitikei Gold Cup (1600m), was the first to go, and reeled off 800m in 49.7, the last 600 in 36.3, with Didham and Hannam delighted with the run.

Champers won an Otaki trial in March, then won fresh up at Wanganui

(soft) just over two weeks later.

Her only outing race since then was in the ITM Anzac Mile at Awapuni

(good) last month, when making up a lot of ground from the back in a race won by front-runner Sergio. She won't mind a heavy track on Saturday.

Stablemate Far Site (r74 1400m) did solid work as well, and was timed 800m in 50.9, the last 600 in 38.7.

She has been working in great fashion since her resuming run for fourth at Hawera last month, and was a winner on a heavy track at Trentham just under 12 months ago.

Knickerless (mdn 2yo) and Silky Red Fox were paired over 1000m in 1.17.4, running home the last 600 in a nice 36.7.

Knickerless resumes on Saturday after finishing second in a Levin jump-out last week, while Silky Red Fox steps up to the mile at Hawera on Sunday.

Valhalla Rising, another maiden stepping up to 1600 metres on Sunday, and Son Of Thunder (r65 1400m) were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.6.5, the last 600 in 38.1. Son Of Thunder was narrowly beaten at Hawera last Saturday.

Go James, back in work with Kim Clapperton, ran 800m in 52.4, the last

600 in 39.2, and he has not raced since Boxing Day.

Sequoia Dawn, last seen in the spring, gathered speed from the 800m to run the last 600 in 39.8. She was able to finally clear maidens during her last campaign.

Straight Scooter (Vespa), second when resuming on Anzac weekend, and Sweetjineen (by Nadeem) warmed up from the 1000m (1.23) to run home the last 600 in 40.3.

Sweetjineen, who last raced on Boxing Day, won a Foxton jump-out

(850m) two and a half weeks ago.

Lincoln Raider, who reverts to 1400m on Saturday, was kept to 1000m in 1.13.3, the last 600 in 41.2. He has won three times at Trentham previously, twice over 1400 metres.