Shail­ers’ trusty steed is race ready

Matamata Chronicle - - Summer Living -

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.

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