Bos­son’s back in the game

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

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.

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