$200,000 race won by nose
three-year-olds, he won’t be seen out until the spring.
‘‘The ligament damage he suffered cleared up and we had him in for a while just trotting and cantering but to save putting him under any pressure we backed off him again,’’ McKay said.
Matamata’s solitary winner at Ellerslie on Saturday was the Graham Richardson-trained Don Domingo, who again looked a stayer of some promise when he turned in a solid performance against restricted grade opposition to win easily.
As a six-year-old half-brother to star galloper Pasta Post he has taken time to hit his straps fully but given the way he’s been shaping lately there could be a good win in him any time soon.
Graham lined up another couple at Ellerslie in minor placegetters Maidantus and Mydiamond Bracelet who should also be followed closely.
Local apprentice Alvin Ng was lucky to escape with concussion and bruising when his mount ran out of room and fell at Ellerslie.
Alvin was admitted overnight to Auckland Hospital but is back home facing a compulsory threeweek stand-down before he can resume riding.
Close finish: Anabandana (Opie Bosson) and the Peter McKay-trained Antonio Lombardo (Sam Spratt) hit the line locked together in Saturday’s Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.