Sar­gent re­turns to form with Fromelles

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Tren­tham in mid-march had re­sulted in a sixth in the Manawatu Breed­ers’ Stakes when she was blocked for room in the home straight and a late clos­ing fourth in the Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup.

The gaps took a while to come on Satur­day too but once Lisa All­press had found the right run for her round­ing the turn the race was as good as over. Fromelles burst clear of the field with 250 me­tres to run and hit the line more than two lengths in front.

The win marked an­other big day for young Waikato Stud stal­lion Sav­abeel, with that Group Three suc­cess com­ple­mented by an­other in Bris­bane by the rapidly de­vel­op­ing three-year-old Bram­bles in the Rough Habit Plate.

There’s a sig­nif­i­cant Bris­bane con­nec­tion to Fromelles, with the five-year-old mare hav­ing been bred by Dar­ren Dol­limore and Rhonda Ben­nett, who re­side in the Queens­land cap­i­tal.

They mix busi­ness in­ter­ests on this side of the Tas­man with their rac­ing hobby and all told have three horses in the Sar­gent sta­ble. Be­sides their big week­end win­ner those are the three-year-old pair Cast­ing Stones, who has won three of his seven starts to date and sin­gle race win­ner Brag­ging Rights.

John was in Bris­bane for Satur­day’s Doomben races and was there­fore able to have a night out with his happy own­ers. He couldn’t match his home team ef­fort with a win but was happy with the freshup fourth by star two-year-old Choice Bro and the luck­less sec­ond at the Gold Coast by Largo Da Barra.

‘‘Choice Bro needed the run to get ready for the big races com­ing up and Largo Da Barra should have won,’’ said John. ‘‘I’ve got nine all told over there and they’re all shap­ing up well.

‘‘Next Satur­day I’ll be run­ning Quin­tes­sen­tial in the Doomben Roses, St Ger­maine in the Lord Mayor’s Cup and maybe Shang­hai Bund and Dol­lario in a de­cent three-yearold race.’’

Mata­mata sta­bles got more than their share of win­ners at the week­end. Ja­son Bridg­man opened the scor­ing at Ro­torua with his promis­ing stayer Pros­pero, Gra­ham Richard­son chimed in with an­other smart young gal­loper in Ju­bi­late and Wayne and Vanessa Hil­lis closed the day with all-the-way win­ner Smartly.

Down at New Ply­mouth Mata­mata dom­i­nated with five wins on the eight-race card. Crown Of Thorns won for the new part­ner­ship of Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby, Jim Collett added an­other win­ner from his small team with Gearig­uru, Toby Autridge caused an up­set with his sta­ble new­comer Madam Kirk, Our Zara bounced back to form for Karen Furs­don and Gemma Sliz and Gra­ham Richard­son made it a week­end dou­ble with fresh-up run­ner Green Man­ner.

Well de­served win: Lisa All­press brings Fromelles back to scale af­ter com­bin­ing with the John Sar­gent­trained mare to win the Ro­torua Cup.

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