Miss Up­start on track for big win

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes - By DEN­NIS RYAN

GRAHAM Richard­son reck­ons he’s got the goods to add the $100,000 J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes to his list of fea­ture race suc­cesses.

Miss Up­start is the win­ner of two of her five starts to date and in her trainer’s opin­ion is on tar­get for her big­gest test to date come Satur­day week.

‘‘We’ve been hav­ing a good sea­son and she’s eas­ily the best of my two-yearolds,’’ said Graham, who pre­pares his team from a new pur­pose-built barn on the Mata­mata race­course.

‘‘She had a very good early sum­mer then not much luck but she’s come back well af­ter a short let- up.

‘‘I’ve only ever had one other run­ner in the Breed­ers’ Stakes and it didn’t have a lot go­ing for it at the time but this filly is the real deal.’’

The Richard­son sta­ble en­joyed its best ever sea­son with 30 wins in 2009-10 and with 15 wins at the half­way stage of the cur­rent term that tar­get is well in sight again.

Last Oc­to­ber’s Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup day proved a land­mark oc­ca­sion, with high­est rated sta­ble mem­ber Atom Cat tak­ing out the fea­ture event and the smart sprint­ing mare Show Up adding the ap­pro­pri­ately-named Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles 1200.

‘‘That was a fan­tas­tic day with all our clients there, one we’ll al­ways re­mem­ber,’’ said Graham.

‘‘But if we’re lucky enough to win the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes in front of our home crowd – I’d say that would be at least on a par.’’

Miss Up­start is raced by War­ren Pegg, a Syd­ney busi­ness­man with breed­ing in­ter­ests on this side of the Tas­man. He be­came a client of the Richard­son sta­ble af­ter read­ing an ad­ver­tise­ment on the weekly on-line news­let­ter is­sued by New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Mar­ket­ing.

‘‘Around this time last year we de­cided to spend a bit on ad­ver­tis­ing to what we hoped would be a wider au­di­ence,’’ Graham re­calls.

‘‘That put War­ren in touch with us and it was a per­fect re­sult when this filly, who he had passed in at the Karaka sales, won at her first start in the spring.

‘‘She’s not very big but she’s got nat­u­ral abil­ity. We sent her to Tren­tham for the Welles­ley Stakes in late Oc­to­ber but the ground was heavy and she got tied up in it. Then she bounced back and scored re­ally well in a stakes race at Pukekohe.

‘‘She had two more runs af­ter that but she was badly checked in the first of them and when she ran in the Eclipse Stakes it was ob­vi­ous that her con­fi­dence had taken a knock.

‘‘I de­cided to ease off on her and tar­get the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes. She’s been work­ing in blink­ers since she came back into the sta­ble and I’m very happy with her.

‘‘She’s only small, 15 hands at the most, but she’s very pow­er­ful through the body and the way she fin­ishes off her races I think she’ll run over a bit of ground.

‘‘That’s for later though,’’ Graham added. ‘‘Right now our eyes are on the big home track prize.’’

Real deal filly: Graham Richard­son and Miss Up­start.

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