Sar­gent a dead cert for award

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Hope­fully things will soon take a turn for the bet­ter, be­gin­ning with this Satur­day’s Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa.

The weight-for-age sprint will once again be the start­ing point for a num­ber of horses with big spring plans, in­clud­ing lo­cal mares Xanadu and Baby Guin­ness.

The Ken and Bev Kel­so­trained Xanadu won four of her seven starts last sea­son and fin­ished an un­lucky third in the last of them, the Group I New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ Stakes at Te Aroha.

She looked the part when she re­turned to that venue for a gal­lop be­tween races last Fri­day.

Baby Guin­ness, who is trained by Karen Craw­ford and Gemma Sliz, also won four times last sea­son in­clud­ing a Te Rapa stakes event over the same dis­tance.

Rac­ing fans are re­minded of this Thurs­day’s func­tion at the Mata­mata race­course to of­fi­cially launch the Noel Har­ris bi­og­ra­phy Harry – The Ride of My Life.

With a $10 door charge which dou­bles to cover a light sup­per and a char­ity fundraiser or­gan­ised by the Mata­mata Rotary Club, the func­tion, start­ing at 6pm, should be an en­ter­tain­ing evening.

Strong chance: New Zealand Horse of the Year can­di­date, the Rich Hill Stud-bred Mufhasa.

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