POPULAR reinswoman Sheree Tomlinson admits she struggled to hold back the tears at the end of the Dominion Trot in Addington today.
For Tomlinson the involuntary show of emotion was an act of excitement as she partnered Amaretto Sun to glory in the prestigious event.
Not only did Tomlinson just register her maiden Group One victory, the milestone came with a squaregaiter prepared by her grandfather, Ken Ford.
Adding to the 19-year-old’s moment is the fact Amaretto Sun is co-trained by her mother, Amanda, and owned by her grandmother, Diane.
“As soon as I crossed the line I was pretty much in tears,” Tomlinson said. “I was just hit by a huge blanket of emotions.
“My grandfather trains him with my mum’s help and my nanna owns him, so he’s a real family horse.”
Completing a massive upset at $91.20, Amaretto Sun accounted for The Foot Trapper and Monty Python in 2:03 over 3200 metres.
Plagued by injury during the past 14 months, the son of Sundon notched his first win since September 9, 2016.
“There have been so many issues trying to get him right,” Tomlinson said. “He had bone chips in hind fetlock, which were removed last December and kept him out for nine months.
“We were worried he wouldn’t recover properly as he’s had a couple of hiccups along the way, so it is great to see him back and winning a race such as this for granddad and mum given the work they have put into him.”
Amaretto Sun triumph is the beginning of a big month for Tomlinson who will represent New Zealand in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship.
The Kiwi contingent is due to arrive in Queensland on December 12, with the series beginning at Redcliffe the following day.
“I’m really looking forward to going over,” Tomlinson said. “I’ve never been to Queensland before.
“It is a huge honour to be chosen to represent New Zealand and hopefully I can enjoy a bit of luck in the series.”
- PAUL COURTS