Ransomed right at home at Awapuni

Rising stayer Ransomed (NZ) added another cup to his collection in the LR Gallagher Marton Cup at Awapuni on Saturday.

Trained locally by Gary Vile, he had also won the G3 Manawatu Cup on home turf before Xmas and there’s the prospect of more to come in the G2 Wellington Cup at Trentham on January 26.  “He’s a beauty alright and it’s always good to win at home,” Vile said.  “It’s also nice to win another one for Frank.”

Vile races Ransomed with owner-breeder Jean Walsh.  Her late husband Frank was a Taranaki trainer who prepared the former top-class gallopers Koporoa, Counsel, Marinoto and Maria Mitchell.  The Walshs were great supporters of Vile when he began his training career in New Plymouth before a move to Awapuni where he is based on a 30 acre property.

Ransomed (5g Handsome Ransom – Ski Queen by Sky Filou) had to do it the hard way after getting well back off a muddling pace and Vile had written off his chances.  “I said at the 1000 that he couldn’t win.  He was too far back but he’s got a terrific will to win.”

Regular rider Johnathon Parkes got busy to improve wide out and Ransomed sprinted again in the straight to mow his rivals down.  My Scotsgrey (Golan) finished on for second ahead of Mungo Jerry (Don Eduardo) and the top-weight Spiro (Pyrus).

His sire Handsome Ransom (Red Ransom) won the 2003 Black Opal Stakes and was runner-up to subsequent G1 Caulfield Guineas winner In Top Swing in the inaugural Golden Rose.  He retired to Ashwell Farm in NZ before transferring to Wellfield Lodge in 2007.