Tough slog for Hauss­mann in Foal Stakes

Cambridge Edition - - OUT & ABOUT - TIM RYAN

The run­ners in the Listed Great North­ern Foal Stakes were bat­tling through mud at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

Tal­ented geld­ing Hauss­mann showed the nec­es­sary re­silience to win the Listed race but the 1400m slog took the Tony Pike­trained son of Pour Moi a pedes­trian 1:35.47 to com­plete.

The Cam­bridge trainer knows he’s got a classy horse on his hands but the test­ing Heavy 11 con­di­tions had him wor­ried pre­race.

‘‘Fourteen hun­dred me­tres on top of the ground would be ideal,’’ Pike said as he queried the horse’s abil­ity to han­dle the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions.

But jockey Vin­nie Col­gan got the some­times ea­ger young­ster to set­tle kindly be­fore ask­ing the strap­ping gal­loper for his best.

He re­sponded like a good one to reel in the fly­ing pace­maker So Far So Kool and was strong to the line beat­ing the pace­maker by half a-length with a neck to Ohceedee in third.

‘‘He didn’t try and over-race which was a pos­i­tive,’’ Pike said. ‘‘He wasn’t lik­ing it [the ground] much up the straight.

‘‘It was good gen­uine win and points to him be­ing a use­ful 3-year-old next sea­son.’’

Hauss­mann was passed in for $35,000 as a Karaka year­ling be­fore his pur­chase by his cur­rent own­ers who in­clude Mark Wy­born and Robin Peel-Walker.

There pas­sion for chas­ing Derby glory has been well doc­u­mented and they have an­other likely can­di­date for the classic.

They raced Queens­land Oaks win­ner Provoca­tive from the Pike sta­ble.

Wy­born and Peel-Walker re­alised a Derby dream at Eller­slie in 1976 with Sil­ver Lad.

A slow pace and the heavy track, re­sulted in Smed­ley tak­ing 2:30.40 to re­peat his win of the pre­vi­ous year on Eller­slie’s Ir­ish race day in the Rat­ing 85 2100m for trainer and part-owner Clay­ton Steven­son.

Last year he cut the dis­tance out in a much faster 2.20.12 but with eight wins and around $170,000 in stakes Steven­son is just happy to see him back win­ning and will line him up a cou­ple more times in this cam­paign.

Me­gablast booked his pas­sage to Aus­tralia with a re­sound­ing win in the Open 1600 giv­ing jockey Michael Cole­man one of the eas­i­est of his 1998 ca­reer wins.

‘‘He was jog­ging all the way,’’ he said as he closes in on 2000 wins. ‘‘It will be nice to get it out of the way - we’re sneak­ing up on it.

‘‘I won my 1000th here 14 years ago - so hope­fully I might get it done to­day.’’

Trainer Nigel Ti­ley de­scribed Me­gablast’s win as ‘‘a nice hit-out be­fore he gets on the plane’’.

‘‘We’re go­ing to take him to Mel­bourne. The idea is to see how he set­tles in and give him a cou­ple of runs in June as the own­ers are keen to cam­paign him over there again in the spring,’’ Ti­ley said.

Me­gablast makes his Vic­to­rian de­but over 2050m at Moonee Val­ley on June 17.

‘‘All go­ing well, he’ll kick off there and then we plan to back him up a week later over 2500 me­tres at Flem­ing­ton,’’ Ti­ley said.

‘‘He’s a ver­sa­tile horse and while some of his best win­ning form has been on wet tracks, I think that’s be­cause he was just that much bet­ter than the oth­ers. He doesn’t mind bet­ter ground.’’

TR­ISH DUNELL

Hauss­mann is driven to the line by Vin­nie Col­gan (striped cap) to win the Cham­pagne Stakes at Eller­slie.

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