Best may be yet to come

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

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.

Since start­ing Up­stage Blood­stock

Con­tender: Mata­mata trainer Dan­ica Guy and her sec­ond-in-charge Daniel McGruer with Karaka Mil­lion qual­i­fier, two-year-old colt Gobi Ranger.

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