Savvy Dancer wins in photo finish
good 2400-metre races and maybe even give some thought to the Auckland Cup later in the season.’’
Major events are on the more immediate radar for other Matamata trainers. Jason Bridgman has his pair of 3-year-old colts Warhorse and Irish Rebel, along with Alan Tait’s Southern Lord and John Sargent’s Magic Shaft, against the unbeaten Sacred Falls in Saturday’s $300,000 Sothys New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.
Back to last weekend, Cox Plate hero Ocean Park wasn’t able to keep his unbeaten record intact, putting up a brave fight but having to settle for third placing in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. He’ll be on the first flight home this week and a month off in a specially-saved paddock at Kingston Lodge while Gary Hennessy makes plans to take him to Dubai for the US$5 million Duty Free at the Dubai World Cup meeting in late March.
Close: Only his nose shows between Spiro and Jeu de Cartes, but it’s still enough for Savvy Dancer to dead-heat for first in Saturday’s Feilding Gold Cup.