Racing: Bell’s Irish import strikes gold

July 30, 2017 - tonton

A change of sourroundings has worked wonders for widely-travelled stayer Gentil Tonton.

The Irish-bred son of Yeats was creation only his second start for tutor John Bell, who now also owns a gelding, when he came from a behind of a margin to delight in yesterday’s Listed Woods Contracting Taumarunui Gold Cup during Rotorua.

“When they come into a new fast they can infrequently grow another leg,” Bell said. “He’s a poetic horse.”

A two-time leader in his local Ireland for Patrick Prendergast, Gentil Tonton afterwards had one start in Hong Kong for Gary Moore before he eliminated to a Cambridge fast of Trevor and Martin Cruz.

He was successful 3 times for a brothers and a serve feat was posted from a yard of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott before fasten Bell’s operation.

As is his style, Gentil Tonton staid toward a behind of a margin on yesterday underneath heading neophyte Sam Weatherley before they softened nearby a home turn.

A well-timed finish saw them measure by half a length.

“Young Sam rode him a treat, he’s not a easiest equine to ride,” Bell said.

Weatherley, who had ridden Gentil Tonton on 4 prior occasions, was loyal to his word during Rotorua.

“When Sam found out we were removing a equine he rang for a float and pronounced he’d win a crater and he has,” Bell said.

“We’ll demeanour for something for him now but travelling too far,” he added.

Gentil Tonton accounted for Pump Up The Volume, a runner-up 12 months ago behind Jochen Rindt, who was a diversion third in a counterclaim of his title.

– NZ Racing Desk

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