Bal­ly­more opens up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

On show: Mata­mata’s Bal­ly­more Sta­ble had a steady stream of vis­i­tors on Fri­day for its first ever open day. One of the main at­trac­tions was race­horse Xcel­lent, af­fec­tion­ately known as Stan­ley. Xcel­lent won six races from his first nine ca­reer starts, in­clud­ing four Group Ones – the New Zealand Derby, the New Zealand Stakes, the Mudg­way Stakes and Kelt Cap­i­tal Stakes. He also ran third in the Mel­bourne Cup in 2005. He was only de­feated once in New Zealand rac­ing and re­tired in 2008 af­ter dam­ag­ing a ten­don in his foot. Af­ter see­ing some of the sta­ble’s top horses, a fash­ion show was put on for the ladies and the men re­tired to play golf. Pic­tured is Xcel­lent with Bal­ly­more em­ployee Claire Rayner.

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