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The sun shone and the crowd
came out to play, keeping the
tote ticking over at the
Reefton Jockey Club meeting
Despite an eight-race card
the meeting smashed last year’s
turnover both on and off-course.
Betting on course was $86,297
compared with $81,581 last year,
and off-course TAB punters
invested $769,639 against
$664,869 a year ago, setting
alight the first day of the West
Coast four-day New Year
The Kevin Myers-trained
gelding Overtheriver made it
back-to-back wins in the $25,000
Ken and Mary Gray Reefton
Cup 1400m producing an all-
the-way win in the feature race.
An impressive winner in the
2016 race, Overtheriver was
perfectly rated by rider Krishna
Mudhoo and dictated terms to
provide a comprehensive front-
Mudhoo set a leisurely
pace from the outset before
quickening the tempo going
down the back, and even though
carrying a top weight of 61kg at
the home turn, it was obvious
the rest of the field was in
“The horse was travelling really
good and I let him bowl along,”
Mudhoo said. “ I increased the
pace at the 600m mark and when
I kicked on the home turn it was
all over. It was a huge run by the
The Whanganui galloper scored
by four lengths from Double
Blue, which was in contention
throughout with Kevin Myers’
other runner Weissmuller
finishing back in third place.
Myers trains the horse for
northern owner Dan O’Leary
and was impressed with the
“The horse was travelling all
right. I think I’ll back up for
Greymouth now. Weissmuller
went all right and I’ll probably
look at Kumara for him.”
Myers produced five individual
winners on the eight-race
programme at Reefton with
Katiem Marie, Evadir La Bala,
Tiebreaker and Bisou Bisou
carrying the stable colours to
success, as well as feature winner
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Overtheriver crosses the line to win the Reefton Cup.
Over theriver impresses again
to take Reefton Cup
The giants of tennis have been slain
in the City of Sails.
Danish ace Caroline Wozniacki’s
surprise quarter-final collapse against
Julia Goerges yesterday leaves none of
the big names in the ASB Classic final
Wozniacki, seeded third and
brimming with confidence after a solid
late-2016 run, went down 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
in 107 minutes.
Breezing through the first set and
ahead 3-0 in the second, the Danish
world No 19 seemed certain to secure
a semi-final berth until Goerges turned
The German, last year’s Classic
runner-up, won six straight games to
snatch the second set before surviving
a few jitters to win the decider.
The result follows Wednesday ’s
horror show for the Williams sisters,
with Serena losing to unheralded
compatriot Madison Brengle and the
injured Venus withdrawing.
To rub salt into the wounds for ASB
Classic organisers, Japanese prodigy
Naomi Osaka retired with a wrist
injury in her first set against Croatian
eighth-seed Ana Konjuh.
Goerges, Konjuh, Lauren Davis
and teen Jelena Ostapenko will now
contest a modest semi-final bracket
“The conditions got a little faster at
one point and she just started hitting
everything, and all of a sudden it was
all going in,” Wozniacki said.
“She has the game to really trouble a
lot of players and when it’s on, it’s on.”
Goerges said the match showcased
the best and worst of her game.
At 3-0 down in the second set, she
thought defeat was inevitable but kept
“If I’m playing good tennis I can beat
her, so I just needed to find my range,”
the 28-year-old said.
“I’m still here, I sur vived somehow.”
The 19-year-old Ostapenko will
certainly fancy her chances of a maiden
WTA title, overcoming the sniffles to
dismantle giant-killer Brengle 7-5, 6-3.
Brengle started well but faded in the
face of Ostapenko’s power game.
Ostapenko showcased her credentials
with a clinical second set, racing out to
a 5-2 lead and holding ser ve to close
out the match.
“In the morning I woke up and had
a cold, so it was a bit difficult to play
for me,” Ostapenko said with a hoarse
“I don’t feel 100% but I hope it’s
going to be better tomorrow.”
In the remaining quarter-final, 2015
semi-finalist Davis defeated Barbora
Strycova 6-1, 7-6, (7-4).
Racing to a 5-0 lead, Davis won the
first set with ease before producing a
composed tie-break performance to
send the fourth-seeded Czech packing.
“I like getting matches under my belt,
I had a good off-season so I’m just
trying to really enjoy the moment,” the
23-year-old Davis said.
Davis will now take on Ostapenko
this afternoon, before Goerges and
Konjuh slug it out in the evening
Meanwhile, New Zealand ’s Marina
Erakovic has been knocked out of
the ASB Classic doubles tournament
alongside British partner Laura
The pair went down 6-3, 6-4 in the
quarter-finals to third-seeded duo Kiki
Bertens and Johanna Larsson, from the
Netherlands and Sweden respectively.
Erakovic had already fallen out of the
singles tournament in the first round
to 19-year-old ASB Classic semi-
finalist Jelena Ostapenko. — A AP
ASB TENNIS CLASSIC
Goerges fights back to
send Wozniacki packing
All top seeds out
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