Bosson’s back in the game
After returning to riding from a suspension Opie Bosson wasted no time getting back into the winners’ circle at Matamata on Saturday.
The Karaka-based jockey added a victory in the group two Matamata Breeders Stakes to his black type tally this season when he won on Gold Fever. A two-yearold Savabeel filly, she is trained at Matamata by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards for the Te Akau Gold Fever Syndicate and she was recording her third win from five starts.
Gold Fever is a half-sister to the So You Think filly Gold Rush who won the prestigious two-year-old fillies race last year. She will now probably look for group one glory in the Sistema Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie in two weeks time.
Bosson had received a six-meeting suspension at the end of January and showed he was keen to be fit for the upcoming Auckland Cup Carnival by opening his winning account earlier in the day at Matamata on Beefeater. That horse, trained by Awapuni trainer Royden Bergerson, won a rating 65 1600 metre event giving him a double for the day.
Other local riders who notched up doubles during the week were Mark du Plessis and Alysha Collett. Du Plessis was in form at Avondale last Wednesday where he rode Elusive Empire to win a maiden 1400 for Cambridge trainers Martin and Trevor Cruz. He also combined with Dreamcrafter a Mastercraftsman filly to win a rating 65 for Matamata trainers Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard.
Collett rode one winner at Avondale as well, Nikita, a Shamoline Warrior filly won a maiden 1400. She is trained by Shaune Ritchie at Cambridge and was impressive winning by two and a half lengths.
On Friday she ventured to her happy hunting ground at Riccarton Park and rode two winners and two seconds. Her first win came on the smart Per Incanto gelding Shoot To Kill, who has won three out of his last four starts for his trainer Terri Rae and a large syndicate of owners. He was impressive in winning by nearly three lengths.
Collett had to work a little harder for her second winner Sweet Indulgence who lasted to win by only a head, after a dog fight in the straight with Darci Inn. Sweet Indulgence, a five-year-old mare by Thorn Park, was recording her second win for her trainer Stephen Woodsford and a large syndicate of owners.