Fix’s run keeps on keep­ing on

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes -

In Satur­day’s Waikato Draught Sprint Xanadu had to bow again to South Is­land mare Fi­nal Touch as she com­pleted a tre­ble of Group One wins.

The Kel­sos’ Group One brides­maid, on the other hand, has come up with three sec­ond plac­ings at the elite level. The se­quence be­gan in the Makfi Chal­lenge Stakes in Septem­ber when she had to bow to Ocean Park and con­tin­ued with her sec­ond to Fi­nal Touch in last month’s Tele­graph Hand­i­cap.

But for slightly tardy starts on oc­ca­sions, Xanadu’s record might al­ready con­tain that sought af­ter big one. Again on Satur­day she was marginally slow out of the gates, a sit­u­a­tion that was ex­ac­er­bated when she made con­tact with the hindquar­ters of the horse di­rectly out­side her, and by the time the field had sorted it­self out she had just two run­ners be­hind her.

That left her with a mas­sive task, es­pe­cially com­bined with the need to scout wide into clear space from the 600-me­tre mark, but it was yet an­other very good ef­fort from Xanadu and good enough to con­firm plans for a Syd­ney au­tumn car­ni­val cam­paign.

Plans around the cur­rent star of the Kelso team, Fix, re­mained up in the air as this page went press, with con­nec­tions find­ing them­selves in the some­what lux­u­ri­ous po­si­tion of hav­ing to de­cide which of the au­tumn clas­sics to aim her at.

Fix ex­tended her lead in the New Zealand Blood­stock Filly of the Year se­ries with an­other con­sum­mate dis­play in Satur­day’s $100,000 Cam­bridge Stud Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic.

That com­pleted a hat­trick of se­ries races on top of her Eight Carat Clas­sic and Royal Stakes wins at Eller­slie dur­ing Christ­masNew Year and on top of her ear­lier plac­ing in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas took her points tally to 27.5, with the next best on the ta­ble Satur­day’s run­ner-up So­ri­ano with 19 points.

The con­nec­tions of that filly have al­ready an­nounced their in­ten­tions to start in the New Zealand Derby on March 2 in pref­er­ence to chas­ing fur­ther filly se­ries points the same day in the Low­land Stakes at Hast­ings. That be­ing the case and with the pres­ti­gious se­ries seem­ingly in safe keep­ing with Fix, her con­nec­tions are now con­sid­er­ing the Derby as an alternative.

The $750,000 stake and the ku­dos that goes with the coun­try’s pre­mier clas­sic are two fac­tors worth con­sid­er­ing, while the other is Fix’s per­fect three-from-three record on the Eller­slie track. The eas­i­est part of the de­ci­sion is the $22,500 late en­try fee re­quired by next Tues­day, but a meet­ing this week with owner Gary Hard­ing would go some way to de­cid­ing which di­rec­tion the Kel­sos will take with the valu­able filly.

In the mean­time, an im­por­tant mis­sion awaits the Kelso-Hard­ing com­bi­na­tion on home turf, with their un­beaten twoyear-old Bound­ing primed to com­plete a hat-trick in the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes on Satur­day week.

With two wins from as many starts and a de­feat of sub­se­quent Karaka Mil­lion win­ner Ruud Awak­en­ing in the sec­ond of them, Bound­ing has long been the early favourite for Mata­mata’s flag­ship race.

The jury is still out in some quar­ters whether Bound­ing would still have beaten Ruud Awak­en­ing at Pukekohe in Novem­ber if the lat­ter had not blown the start.

But there’s also a strong body of opin­ion that has Bound­ing at the top of twoyear-old rank­ings.

Next week’s $100,000 fea­ture should give a fur­ther line on the filly.

Han­dler: Gil­lian Cook leads Fix and Vin­nie Colgan back to scale af­ter they had com­pleted a fea­ture race hat-trick in the Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic at Te Rapa on Satur­day.

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