Waikato Stud champion Pins sired his first stakes winner of the season in the G3 Cameron Hcp (1500m) at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Under-rated galloper Rolling Pin (NZ) caused a $14 surprise with an all the way for trainer Gwenda Markwell and jockey Christian Reith. “He wanted to fight me early so I gave him a bit of rein, got him to relax, and he just felt fantastic,” Reith said. “He’s always shown ability and it’s good to see him pick up a race like the Cameron.”
Rolling Pin (5g Pins – Gypsy’s Daughter by Mi Preferido) was bred in New Zealand by Geoff and Josie Hines. He is the 45th stakes winner for Pins who is coming off another successful season with his son Ambitious Dragon (NZ) earning back-to-back Horse of the Year titles in Hong Kong.
The Cameron winner is owned by Matthew Sandblom and was a $60,000 buy from Lyndhurst Farm at the 2009 NZB Karaka yearling sale. He has now qualified for a start in the G1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 6.
Pins sired him from Gypsy’s Daughter who was a stakes winner at Awapuni before finishing her career with Listed victories in the STC Neville Sellwood Stakes and Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill in 2000.