Filly’s fine form was fore­cast

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

the day off for the lo­cals with a promis­ing type in Chap­ar­ral Lass in the first race of the day. The daugh­ter of boom sire High Chap­ar­ral be­came a se­ri­ous New Zealand Oaks can­di­date in an im­pres­sive staying per­for­mance to record her sec­ond win from two starts on her home track.

Magic Briar like­wise sig­nalled a lu­cra­tive au­tumn for her train­ers and part-own­ers Ken and Bev Kelso when she downed an­other tal­ented lo­cal, Three Wishes, in the three­year-old sprint. She’s sched­uled to start next in the Mr Tiz Tro­phy, an­other age-group event, on the last day of the Auck­land car­ni­val.

Cup week opens this Satur­day with a pro­gramme head­lined by the $ 2.2mil­lion Tele­com New Zealand Derby.

The Kelso-trained Wise­crack, who bounced back to form with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance at Eller­slie last week, has been con­firmed as a starter in the clas­sic.

Wise­crack, an­other by High Chap­ar­ral, won on de­but in late Jan­uary but spoilt that record at his next start when he reared as the gates opened. His sub­se­quent re­turn to form com­bined with the book­ing of lead­ing Aus­tralian jockey Chris Munce has con­vinced his train­ers and owner­breeder Gary Hard­ing that he should be al­lowed a shot at New Zealand’s rich­est race.

All up, it’s an­tic­i­pated that Mata­mata will be rep­re­sented by five run­ners in the Derby. John Sar­gent has Banchee and Ying Yang Mas­ter en­gaged, while Ja­son Bridg­man also has a dou­ble­header en­try in Icepin and En­costa Di­ablo. Banchee will be rid­den by James McDon­ald, whose ca­reer best sixwin bag at Otaki last Satur­day in­cluded a tre­ble for Kara­piro train­ers Steven Ram­say and Ju­lia Ritchie, while Opie Bos­son takes the mount on En­costa Di­ablo and Sam Spratt will be on Icepin.

Mata­mata will also have a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in next Wed­nes­day’s $1mil­lion Stella Ar­tois Auck­land Cup. The Sar­gent sta­ble has two en­tries but it ap­pears likely that only pre-race favourite Pass­chen­daele will front up with Red Ruler prob­a­bly be­ing re­served for the New Zealand Stakes on the fi­nal day of the car­ni­val.

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Moroney- Clarken sta­ble also has two en­tries, Tin­sel­town and He’s Un­der The Gun but at this stage only Tin­sel­town is as­sured of a start. To se­cure his place in the field, light­weight He’s Un­der The Gun may need to run in this Satur­day’s Nathan’s Me­mo­rial, which car­ries an au­to­matic Cup qual­i­fy­ing clause for the win­ner but that de­ci­sion will be made once con­nec­tions as­sess his place in the start­ing or­der later in the week.

Run away win: Proud owner Chris Grace leads An­a­ban­dana back to the scales af­ter her im­pres­sive vic­tory in the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes.

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