Best may be yet to come
Matamata horse trainer and relative newcomer Danica Guy marked New Year’s Day with her first black-type win. Gobi Ranger – now unbeaten in two trials and two race-day starts – was a clear winner in the Group III Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie.
The two-year-old colt was broken in by Ms Guy as a yearling and Singapore-based owner Dr K C Tan was sufficiently impressed to keep him with her for the next stage of his career.
‘‘It’s definitely an advantage when training two year olds to have them from early on,’’ Ms Guy said.
Former jockey Kate Hercock has done all of the riding work with the two-year-old.
Gobi Ranger was the highest qualifier for the $1 million Karaka Million race at Ellerslie on Sunday.
Speaking to the Chronicle last week, Ms Guy said they were unlucky to draw the second to outside gate.
‘‘Unfortunately it’s not the best position, but we’re looking forward to it anyway,’’ she said.
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Contender: Matamata trainer Danica Guy and her second-in-charge Daniel McGruer with Karaka Million qualifier, two-year-old colt Gobi Ranger.