$200,000 race won by nose

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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