Late bloomer con­tin­ues form

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‘‘She’s got a lot of nat­u­ral tal­ent and a bit of a tough streak to go with it,’’ said her trainer af­ter Role Model had eas­ily ac­counted for her Te Rapa op­po­si­tion. ‘‘The Breed­ers’ Stakes is shap­ing up as classy field but she de­serves her place there, so all go­ing well she’ll give me a chance to win my third.’’

Mata­mata’s Fe­bru­ary 23 fea­ture is likely to be headed by the two un­beaten fil­lies Bound­ing and Re­cite.

Bound­ing, trained by Ken and Bev Kelso for Ti­rau owner Gary Hard­ing, ac­counted for sub­se­quent Karaka Mil­lion win­ner Ruud Awak­en­ing in her Pukekohe stakes win in Novem­ber and is coming to hand well for the big day in just over two weeks’ time.

Hast­ings-trained Re­cite, pre­pared by John Bary of Jimmy Choux fame, has a sim­i­lar form­line with a de­but success fol­lowed by an easy win in the Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes at Tren­tham last month.

The Kelso-Hard­ing com­bi­na­tion were prom­i­nent at the Karaka sales last week, with their sin­gle fo­cus a filly by lead­ing Aus­tralian sire Fly­ing Spur that Gary claimed with a bid of $400,000.

Other big prices paid by lo­cal buy­ers in­cluded $450,000 by Gary Hen­nessy to se­cure Waikato Stud’s colt by Zabeel from former smart race­mare Toot­sie; Gra­ham Richard­son took home a filly by young Aus­tralian stal­lion Onemorenomore for $250,000; Lance No­ble’s buy­ing in­cluded a colt by Pins from Auck­land Cup win­ner Bazelle at $140,000; Peter and Kim McKay bought Pre­mier Sale colts by their former star Alam­osa for $90,000 and by Pins at $57,500, while Paul and Kris Shailer went to $160,000 to se­cure Brad­bury Park’s half-sis­ter to their Karaka Mil­lion run­ner-up Fan­tas­tic Hon­our.

Great buy: Waikato Stud’s ZabeelToot­sie colt, bought by Gary Hen­nessy at Karaka last week for $450,000.

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