Shailers’ trusty steed is race ready
Sir Percy] and others showing us plenty.’’
There’s also a strong Rich Hill Stud connection to the first of Saturday’s Shailer-trained Trentham winners Killa Question. He was Any Suggestion’s first winner when successful in the spring of 2011 and races in the Rich Hill colours.
‘‘ He’s a really genuine horse who did a big job promoting his sire as a 2-year-old and now he’s kicking on at 3,’’ commented his co-trainer.
Trepidation, who completed the Shailer double on Saturday, is also raced by her breeders, in this case Cambridge’s Windsor Park Stud. The Falkirk mare has been a work in progress given her fragile make-up, but with three wins from six starts there’s no denying her ability and potential to deliver in black-type company.
The Shailers’ run of success follows setting up in Matamata with younger brother, Kris, as his foreman and renting one of the Matamata Racing Club’s on-site barns. The decision was made to also establish an Awapuni satellite stable.
That coincided with Kris’s elevation to training partner and the two stables now complement each other.
Matamata played a big hand in feature events at Trentham on Saturday, with the Jason Bridgman-trained, Waikato Studowned Glad taking out the Listed Anniversary Handicap and another of the Bridgman team, Burgundy, finishing third in the group one Telegraph Handicap, with the Ken and Bev Kelsotrained Xanadu notching yet another group one placing.
Stylish: Trepidation completes a Trentham double for trainers Paul and Kris Shailer.