Jimmy Choux a coup for stud
Killa Question, a member of the Paul Shailer team, notched the second win of his career with a runaway success at Trentham on Saturday. He will attempt to add another black-type win to Any Suggestion’s record in the Castletown Stakes at Waverley next Monday.
Killa Question was the first of a winning Matamata double at Trentham, with the John Sargenttrained Fromelles following up on her Rotorua Cup win with a repeat in the Trentham Gold Cup.
At Ellerslie on the weekend things got off to a good start when Michael Coleman combined with the Andrew Scott-trained Pearle Lustre and Kaptain Kirkup, prepared by Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby, to win the first two races on the card.
That was the lot for the Matamata contingent at Ellerslie, although among several local placegetters Kaptain Kirkup’s stablemate About Square again looked good in his Great Northern Foal Stakes second.
Last week’s minor meeting action saw John Sargent saddle up a double at Te Awamutu with two-year-old winner Snow Line and another promising sort in Msongari, then add a further win with hurdles first starter Yourein a day later at Hastings.
On the same programme I’ll’ava’alf provided connections with something to cheer about when he won the maiden stayers’ event as the rank outsider. Having just his second start, I’ll’ava’alf was taken to the front by Phillip Turner and defied his opposition to win at odds of 55-toone.
The three-year-old is raced by his breeders, co-trainer Karen Fursdon, her husband Kevin and stable stalwart Peter Stanaway and looks like a worthy replacement for their honest campaigner Insignificant, who was retired recently due to recurring unsoundness.
The grey won five times from Willow Stables and was shaping up well for another good season over jumps. At Te Rapa earlier this month in what was to be his final start, he chased home subsequent Dunstan Waikato Hurdles winner Borrack.
Done deal: Rich Hill Stud-bound Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux shows his winning style.