Race­day is a win­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

De­scribed as ‘‘one of the best ever’’ and ‘‘ just like the old days’’, Satur­day’s J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes meet­ing goes down as a stand­out for the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club’s flag­ship race­day.

Once again the lo­cal com­mu­nity got right be­hind the oc­ca­sion and rolled up, with a record num­ber of car boot spots al­lo­cated, record en­tries for the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Fash­ions in the Field con­test and a buzz through­out the course that left no doubt that this was an oc­ca­sion to be en­joyed by all.

Out on the track, the rac­ing was ac­tion-packed de­spite un­sum­mer­like weather in the days lead­ing up to the week­end that had im­pacted on field sizes. For the sec­ond year run­ning, a Cam­bridge-trained filly took the hon­ours in the fea­ture J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes, when the Jeff McveanEmma-lee Browne-trained Roll­out The Car­pet got the bet­ter of Strat­ford filly Lib­er­at­ing and the favourite, Te Awa­mutu-trained Silk Pins.

‘‘There were a few nerves go­ing into this year’s Breed­ers’ Stakes meet­ing, but the weather came right in time for a per­fect day and an out­stand­ing oc­ca­sion over­all,’’ said Mata­mata Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent John Moore.

Gor­geous: Stephanie Bentvelzen was crowned the over­all win­ner of the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes Fash­ion in the Field con­test. Buzzing: The crowd at the 2012 J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes soaked up the at­mos­phere. Vic­to­ri­ous: Roll­out The Car­pet and Matt Cameron hit the line, easy win­ners of the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes.

Eas­ily won: Vi­adana (Cameron Lam­mas) scores a pop­u­lar home track win on the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes card.

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