Swift sets of pins prove point

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

fi­nal late dive from his per­sis­tent ri­val.

While there was a big dif­fer­ence in stake money be­tween Satur­day’s $70,000 event and the Karaka Mil­lion, Peter McKay and his co-own­ers, wife Kim and Trevor Luke, were not com­plain­ing.

‘‘Get­ting a group-rated win is im­por­tant for a horse like him that still has his crown jewels,’’ Peter said in ref­er­ence to the colt’s stud po­ten­tial.

An ear­lier big-win­ning ju­ve­nile colt, Alam­osa, raced by the same part­ner­ship was sold in a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar deal to go to stud.

An­to­nio Lom­bardo will now be aimed at the Di­a­mond Stakes, the same Group One Eller­slie fea­ture that capped Alam­osa’s first sea­son be­fore he went on to even greater deeds at three and four years.

Back at Waikato Stud, Mark Chittick was well sat­is­fied with the week­end rush of form by the prog­eny of Pins, plus the win by No Ex­cuse Needed filly I Do on the New Ply­mouth sup­port card.

‘‘Some might think that Pins has had a quiet time of it lately, but once a stal­lion has proven him­self peo­ple have high ex­pec­ta­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘ In our ex­pe­ri­ence stal­lions will al­ways be stal­lions. good good

Am­bi­tious Dragon: A son of Waikato Stud stal­lion Pins, races away with the Hong Kong Clas­sic Cup.

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