Cambridge-trained Highlad won the J. Swap Te Aroha Cup (2200m) with a nail-biting finish last Saturday at the Te Aroha racecourse.
Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman had hinted that he favoured the four-year-old son of High Chaparral to win the race over stablemate Show The World. Forsman thought there would be a sprint battle at the end but the Hastings-trained Saint Kitt set a solid pace at the front.
Jockey Michael Cameron got Highlad into a position to challenge the leader on the home corner before finding clear ground and fought tooth and nail to the finish where Highlad beat Bizzwinkle by a very small margin.
Highlad has the Listed Hawkes Bay Gold Cup (2200m) at Hastings this Saturday as his next target.
Cambridge-trained Sultan Of Swing won the Team Weallens Handicap (1400m) on Saturday at the Te Aroha racecourse.
The five-year-old son of Bachelor Duke showed that he was in top condition to take on his Group Two challenge after winning at Te Aroha.
Partnered with Jockey Sam Weatherley, Sultan of Swing settled back and then powered home for the sixth win of his career.
Sultan of Swing has had five appearances this preparation for two wins and three placings.