Savvy Dancer wins in photo fin­ish

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming -

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.

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