Run over 1200m on January 01, 2017 at Ellerslie
Trainer: E & J Rayner
Jockey: J Parkes
Track Conditions: Good(3)
Race Club: ARC
Then came: Perfect Fit, Reilly Lincoln, Natuzzi, Summer's Day, Statham, Irish Moon, Brighton, Snowdrop, Red Striker, Astara, No More Tears, Shezhardtocatch
On New Year's Day at Ellerslie in New Zealand, lightly raced 6YO gelding Start Wondering (Eighth Wonder-Roseanbar, by Akbar) won by an authoritative 1.3-lengths for trainers Evan & J.J.Rayner in the $200,000 Gr1 Railway Stakes (1200m), over 5YO mares Perfect Fit (Elusive City-Fayre Form, by Tights) & Reilly Lincoln (Pins-Wailea Miss, by O'Reilly). By beautifully bred stallion Eighth Wonder (Zabeel-Diamond Lover, by Sticks and Stones), Start Wondering is putting together an impressive resumé, now boasting 9 wins (including the Listed Sprint Handicap at Te Rapa plus 3 of his 5 Australian starts for the Chris Waller stable) & 3 placings from 16 starts for $339,770. The victory is the first at Gr1 level for the father and daughter training duo.