Local trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen produced a smart 1200m maiden winner in Dark Alley (NZ) (Per Incanto) at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Wednesday.
The four-year-old son of Per Incanto covered plenty of ground after drawing barrier 14, but won with a bit in hand under Craig Grylls.
The gelding won at Taupo trials last month, more than a year after his previous trial success.
“I rode him at the Taupo trials and he gave me a great feel that day,” Grylls said.
“He didn’t have the best of runs today but luckily he goes pretty well and I am sure he will carry on.”
The gelding is raced by Lowry in conjunction with breeders Little Avondale.