All set for Breed­ers’ Stakes

Matamata Chronicle - - Property -

run a very mer­i­to­ri­ous sixth in the big one.

Like any horse-race, how­ever, the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes won’t be de­cided un­til the field hits the fin­ish line just be­fore four o’clock on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Re­cite, from John Bary’s Hast­ings sta­ble that pre­vi­ously housed cham­pion gal­loper Jimmy Choux, brings a big rep­u­ta­tion with her. She added to the big im­pres­sion of her De­cem­ber de­but win with a com­mand­ing per­for­mance in the Gr. 2 Lit­tle Avon­dale Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes at Tren­tham last month.

Rac­ing in the fa­mil­iar colours of Cam­bridge nurs­ery The Oaks Stud, she is one of the grow­ing list of smart young gal­lop­ers by former star Mata­mata-trained colt Darci Brahma.

On the other side of her pedi­gree she is out of Chant, the cham­pion ju­ve­nile filly in the 2005-06 sea­son when her per­for­mances in­cluded a sec­ond plac­ing in the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes.

The win­ner that day was Naturo, the first of two Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes pre­pared by lead­ing lo­cal John Sar­gent. His hopes for a third will rest with re­cent smart de­but win­ner Role Model.

Te Awa­mutu filly A’Larose also left a big im­pres­sion on de­but when she left her ri­vals stand­ing at Te Rapa last week. As a mem­ber of the Robert Priscott sta­ble, she will en­deav­our to take the Breed­ers’ Stakes back to Te Awa­mutu for the first time since the San­ders-trained Lady De­here in 2002.

One of the other high­lights on Satur­day will be the Marks Ewen & As­so­ci­ates Kaimai Stakes.

The Lance No­ble-trained Welling­ton Cup run­ner-up An­nie Hig­gins will have her fi­nal leadup to the Auck­land Cup in the 2000-me­tre event, while her op­po­si­tion is likely to in­clude an­other lo­cal in Capone, back­ing up from his win in the Gr. 3 Hooker Pa­cific Taranaki Cup last Satur­day.

Capone’s win added to a land­mark sea­son for Dan­ica Guy, who races the six-year-old in part­ner­ship with her mother Gayle.

They bought him for $16,000 as a two-year-old from the 2008 South Is­land Sale with the in­ten­tion of turn­ing a quick profit. That never hap­pened, but with seven wins and stake-earn­ings some 10 times his pur­chase price there are no re­grets back at Up­stage Blood­stock.

‘‘He’s just lovely, a real favourite around home,’’ said his trainer with undis­guised af­fec­tion.

Satur­day’s win was the eighth in the Taranaki Cup by that age­less jockey Noel Har­ris, who was a late call-up.

Rac­ing ahead: Un­beaten filly Bound­ing (Vin­nie Colgan), the lead­ing fancy for Satur­day’s J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes.

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