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Pitman Double Closes Gap On Rivals
The Michael and Matthew Pitman training partnership provided one of the highlights at Riccarton on Saturday when they produced the trifecta in the sixth race on the card, reports NZ Racing Desk. Former North Island galloper Saber was back to his best as he led all the way in the 1000m dash for rider Tanya Jonker to defeat stablemates Confessional and Nellie Bly and register his eighth career victory. The rising nine-year-old did his early racing from owner Graeme Rogerson's Hamilton base where he was successful six times before heading south to the Pitman barn where he has proved a model of consistency, winning twice while also racking up another fourteen placings from 29 starts. The winning double took the partnership to fourth on the national trainers' premiership with 46 wins, just four behind the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable, with Pitman keen to catch his northern rivals before the season ends. Pitman will however be without the services of one of the most promising horses in the team with rising 3YO filly Impecunious set to leave the stable next week after being sold to clients of the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young stable in Cranbourne.