Star On THe Rise For Geoff Allendorf

Geoff’s Allendorf’s Luen On Star made it four wins from his five starts on the all weather surface at Taipa with another dominant performance on Saturday over 1050 metres.

Star On THe Rise For Geoff Allendorf

Geoff’s Allendorf’s Luen On Star made it four wins from his five starts on the all weather surface at Taipa with another dominant performance on Saturday over 1050 metres.

Ridden by Andrew Calder, Luen On Star was quickly away and soon led easily in a race with plenty of speed. Held together by Calder in the run, the gelding dashed away for a soft win.

Second placed Grateful Favors (Wayne Smith) ran on well for second with the equal favorite Tak Fai Of Pins (Luis Corrales) a battling third.

Jockey Andrew Calder had plenty of praise for the three year old after the race who he rates highly and says will only improve with time

“That was a nice win in the end.”

“I was a bit worried about him before the race he got very worked up, but he jumped well today and was always going easy.”

Geoff Allendorf
Geoff Allendorf Picture:Macau Jockey Club

“I think Geoff (Allendorf) is going to give him a break now and he will come back better and stronger.”

Luen On Star Horseform registered a slick 1.01.9 for the 1050 metres which on any day would be comparable with Class 2 company.

Geoff Allendorf purchased the gelding at the 2015 Sydney Ready To Race Sales that were streamed live to the Macau Jockey Club Member’s Lounge.

“The best thing about it all has been the patience of my owner Thomas Lau who agreed to leave him in Australia for an extra six months,” Allendorf said.

“He is a very high strung horse and he would have went to pieces here as a two year old.

“We left him with Donna Grisedale at Kembla and he had already had two light preparations before he arrived here.”

An eye catching run in the race was the fourth placed Striking Achiever (Akash Aucharuz) who showed great speed to go with Luen On Star, before fighting on strongly to be just edged out of a place.

A son of Lonhro, Striking Achiever was one from one in New Zealand when prepared by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young when he led throughout to win a maiden over 1200 metres at Ruakaka.

There’s no stopping the rising eleven year old Gauteng who once again showed his younger opponents a clean pair of heels in the 30 to 55 rated contest over his favorite 1350 metres distance on Saturday.

Ridden by Horace Lam Gauteng flew the gates like a two year old and found himself with the run of the race to the home corner.

The bay gelding had his job made a bit easier when the erratic River Dream wanted to hang out around the turn presenting plenty of space through on the inside for him, and at the same time providing some inconvenience to race favorite Oriental Profit (Peter Ho).

Gauteng and Lam took full advantage of the incident and speed away to a clear lead, and although Oriental Profit tried vainly to cut the margin back, Gauteng was too strong running out a length winner at the line.

The iron horse has been a wonderful servant for his owner Chan Ming Wing. He has now had 179 race starts in Macau for 16 wins, 12 of those at the 1350 metres distance.

Add to that another 41 placed efforts and a grand total of $4,577,830HKD in prize money.

Gem Eagle overcame a wide run in transit to take out Saturdays feature event the Monspace Cup over 1350 metres providing jockey Horace lam with the first leg of a winning double.

From barrier nine Gem Eagle Horseform was never better then three and four deep in the run but showed great courage down the straight after being headed twice by Evergreen Star (Kevin Leung), to hit the line too strongly and win by three quarters of a length from Evergreen Star, with The Whirlwind (Akash Aucharuz) close up in third.

The son of Reward For Effort has been handy money spinner on the sand for connections with Saturday’s victory taking him up to four wins and six placed efforts from 15 starts in the enclave and close to $1.2 million on prize money.

Elvis Trujillo put himself on the scoreboard in Macau with a nice ride on Best Double to win the Class 6 over 1350 metres on Saturday.

Trujillo saved valuable ground when he switched back to the inside in the run from the five hundred and powered home too well for Highspot (Andrew Calder), with Four Season Health (Ruan Maia) running home for third.

Panamanian born Trujillo who has spent most of his riding career in the USA, is the latest addition to the riding ranks in Macau.

His credentials read well with over 2200 race wins including over 50 graded races. His biggest race win to date has been the 2007 Breeder’s Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint on Maryfield.

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