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McNab and Kuru's Domination at Rotorua
17 May 2016 | By Stuff

The result of the Arawa Park Highweight at Rotorua could prove a significant guide to upcoming races.

Domination, true to his name, won Saturday's race with authority and will be an especially interesting runner in the maiden hurdle at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Chris McNab, private trainer at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge, has always rated Domination as a handy horse.

The 4-year-old son of the stud's former sire Thewayyouare and Zabeel mare Dominique, is a baby as far as jumpers go but his astute trainer is keen to test him in the role.

With just eight starts behind him for two wins, he can be expected to score further wins on the flat.

On Saturday he was a class above his opposition over 2200m and cruised to the line four and threequarter lengths clear in the hands of Aaron Kuru.

"He's got plenty of flat ability but his future as a jumper is quite exciting," Mc Nab said.

"He got the first half of his hurdling ticket at one of Ann Browne's jumping schools and then ran third in a hurdle trial at Cambridge.

"He went well but was in the trial more for experience than anything - he jumps well and has done everything we've asked of him."

Domination has been given an expert grounding for his hurdle debut.

"Gina [Gina Schick wife of Windsor principal Rodney Schick] did a lot of work with him teaching him to jump and then Aaron has schooled him," McNab said.

Gina Schick is well-known through her work with Beyond The Barriers involved the transition of thoroughbreds to life as a sporthorse.

Aaron Kuru , who rides daily track work at Windsor Park, is one of New Zealand's most talented young jumping riders.

McNab is well recognised as an outstanding horseman, the former jockey progressing to a Group I trainer.

Hurdlers aren't his regular cup of tea but he is enjoying developing Domination in the rolw.

"Years ago I had a few hurdlers - just the odd one who ran a few places - but I've schooled a lot of my horses," he said.

"It keeps them sharp and switches them on."

It certainly worked with Domination on Saturday and now his hurdle debut in the hands of Kuru will be watched with interest.