Colt em­bel­lishes his rep­u­ta­tion

Herald on Sunday - - RACING -

Hopes of a lu­cra­tive life af­ter rac­ing for Em­bel­lish were sig­nif­i­cantly boosted at Ric­car­ton yes­ter­day where he added a fur­ther top-flight vic­tory to his fam­ily’s roll of honour.

The ex­pen­sive year­ling em­u­lated his sis­ter Di­ademe by win­ning at the high­est level in the group one Al Basti Equi­world New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and in do­ing so the classy colt sig­nif­i­cantly lifted his stal­lion pro­file.

“I’ve al­ways liked him, he had raw abil­ity as a 2-year-old and I knew as a 3-year-old he would be a top-class colt,” suc­cess­ful rider Opie Bos­son said.

A son of Sav­abeel and the O’Reilly mare Bling, Em­bel­lish was pur­chased for $775,000 at Karaka by Te Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis.

He was se­cured with a stal­lion ca­reer in mind and Em­bel­lish, whose rel­a­tive Espumoso ear­lier main­tained his un­beaten record with vic­tory at Te Rapa, is on the way to ful­fill­ing that in­ten­tion. “He’s a very valu­able colt and we would love to think that he will be stand­ing at stud in the fu­ture,” El­lis said.

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Em­bel­lish trailed Ever Loyal through­out and, when he came off the leader’s back into the straight, the hand­some brown 3-yearold quickly as­serted his su­pe­ri­or­ity to draw clear.

“I was in the per­fect po­si­tion and tracked Ever Loyal all the way and I knew I had him cov­ered at the 600,” Bos­son said.

He has now won the Guineas seven times and it was the sixth for the pow­er­ful Te Akau op­er­a­tion.

“It’s a stal­lion-making race and this bloke has a top fu­ture,” Richards said.

The sta­ble also pro­duced the run­ner-up Age Of Fire and the fourth­placed Te Akau Shark, a per­fect re­sult only spoiled by the ef­fort of the Tony Pike-trained Ever Loyal to hold third money.

Race Images South

Em­bel­lish wins the NZ 2000 Guineas at Ric­car­ton yes­ter­day.

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