Breed­ers’ Stakes unique dou­ble in the off­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes - By DEN­NIS RYAN

JOHN Sar­gent won’t be drawn into a pre­dic­tion that Oru­tan can em­u­late her mother, 2006 Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes hero­ine Naturo and win the 42nd edi­tion of the two-year-old fil­lies’ fea­ture next week.

The ultimate re­sult would com­plete a unique mother-daugh­ter dou­ble and while that’s cer­tainly not lost on the pair’s trainer it isn’t some­thing that he be­lieves will hap­pen as a mat­ter of course.

‘‘They’re very dif­fer­ent types in their style of rac­ing,’’ said the mas­ter of Lad­brook Park Sta­bles. ‘‘Naturo used to get back in her races and re­ally drive home whereas this filly is more of a jump and run type.

‘‘On the other hand they’re very sim­i­lar men­tally – laid-back and easy to deal with – and even though they don’t look alike they’re both pre­co­cious and suited to two-year-old rac­ing.’’

Naturo, an el­e­gant bay, lined up in the 2006 Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes as the win­ner of her only start whereas Oru­tan, a chunky chest­nut with a mas­sive blaze whose name is a back-to-front ver­sion of her mother’s, has yet to win af­ter three starts. In the first of those she fin­ished fifth of seven, next time out she showed the ben­e­fit of the ex­pe­ri­ence to fin­ish sec­ond and at her most re­cent start fin­ished third in the Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes at the Welling­ton Cup car­ni­val. ‘‘ Tren­tham was a big jump in class and she did very well to fin­ish so close, es­pe­cially given she didn’t cop the wet track,’’ said her trainer. ‘‘ The group two plac­ing did a lot for her value and as her mother’s first foal it’s a good re­sult for Naturo too.’’

No one would ar­gue that the best was never seen of Naturo who was forced to re­tire with a record of three wins from six starts af­ter break­ing down badly in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas. She started favourite in the Novem­ber 2006 race and looked like jus­ti­fy­ing that sup­port when she cruised into the ac­tion on the home turn only to wind up fifth.

The merit of her ef­fort soon be­came ob­vi­ous when she limped off the track with a se­verely dam­aged front fet­lock. Af­ter a long re­cov­ery pe­riod in Christchurch she re­turned north to her co-breeder and par­towner Andrew McLach­lan’s Ki­witahi prop­erty and the fol­low­ing spring was mated with Waikato Stud stal­lion Pins.

Oru­tan is the re­sult of that mat­ing and she was fol­lowed by an­other filly, this one by Darci Brahma, who was pur­chased out­right by an­other coowner-breeder Barry Wright for $80,000 at the Na­tional Year­ling Sales ear­lier this month. Like those be­fore her, she will even­tu­ally go into work with John Sar­gent.

‘‘She’s a qual­ity filly too and it would be nice to think that she’ll be able to make the cut for the Breed­ers’ Stakes next year,’’ said Sarge, who also pre­pared Banchee to win Mata­mata’s flag­ship race 12 months ago. ‘‘For now though, it’s all go for next week. We’ll be giv­ing it our best crack with Oru­tan.’’

In the blood: Oru­tan who is set to match her mum’s Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes vic­tory.

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