Indika­tor one ‘out of the box’

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could do that,’’ said Keith.

‘‘He never ceases to amaze us, he’s just one out of the box.’’

Satur­day’s win was the fourth for Reese in the Ro­torua Cup and by far the most en­joy­able, even more so than his first as a teenager on Mickey’s Town back in 1989.

Two strides short of the line Reese was high in the sad­dle salut­ing the crowd, putting him­self on the wrong side of the ste­wards and cost­ing him a $200 fine, but as the say­ing goes, ‘‘it was worth it’’.

The big de­ci­sion that needs to be made now is where Indika­tor might race next. The stick­ing point is his rat­ing, which went up an­other three points af­ter Satur­day’s win to 106.

None of his con­nec­tions are ques­tion­ing whether he deserves such a high mark, but it means that he will be weighted at 60 kilo­grams or even more should he con­tinue to race in hand­i­cap com­pany.

At any other time of the sea­son weight-for-age rac­ing would be an op­tion, but such op­por­tu­ni­ties are al­most non-ex­is­tent at this time of the year.

That leaves one other op­tion, to turn Indika­tor into a jumper, some­thing that is not for­eign to him as school­ing has been part of his train­ing regime since his younger days.

If that should even­tu­ate, there’s ev­ery chance that he would cross the Tas­man and try his luck in Vic­to­ria, where jumps race stakes are so much higher than in New Zealand.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’ve been think­ing about for a while and be­fore this win we thought it might be time,’’ said Keith Opie, who com­bines train­ing along­side his son from their Te Aroha base with as­sist­ing Peter Setchell in the man­age­ment of Mill­field Stud.

‘‘The trap is that he’s go­ing to be lum­bered with even more weight on the flat, so jumping might be the only op­tion.’’

The fea­ture re­sults at Ro­torua both had a strong lo­cal con­nec­tion, with the $50,000 Ro­torua Stakes go­ing to I Do from No Ex­cuse Mag­gie, a pair of grey daugh­ters of the Waikato Stud stal­lion No Ex­cuse Needed.

I Do, who had al­ready fin­ished sec­ond in no less than three black­type races this sea­son, is owned in part­ner­ship by Mark Chittick and Taranaki trainer Al­lan Shar­rock.

Third place in the Ro­torua Stakes went to the Wayne and Vanessa Hil­lis-trained Art Beat, whose half-sis­ter Smartly was ear­lier in the day a close sec­ond to the Gra­ham Richard­son-trained Ididit.

Gra­ham was back in the win­ner’s cir­cle in the very next race, this time with Copaca­bana, who got her re­ward af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in three of her four pre­vi­ous starts.

Mata­mata train­ers were also to the fore with wins to Sil­verdale, who showed what he was made of with a last-to-first win for Stephen Autridge, and Sur­pass, scor­ing for care­taker trainer Dan­ica Guy while Peter McKay and his wife, Kim, took an early win­ter break.

Sur­pass had cleared maiden grade by a whop­ping 16 lengths at his pre­vi­ous start and even though the mar­gin was only three­quar­ters of a length this time, the son of Sav­abeel still won well enough to sug­gest there’s more in store for his owner-breeder Paul Ryan.

Across the Tas­man John Sar­gent opened his Bris­bane win­ter car­ni­val in style with last year’s Queens­land Oaks win­ner Quin­tes­sen­tial, who rel­ished the rain-soaked track to score a dom­i­nant win in the A$115,000 Chair­man’s Hand­i­cap.

That per­for­mance puts the Fast ’N’ Fa­mous mare right in the reck­on­ing for the Bris­bane Cup, back at Ea­gle Farm in a month’s time.

Pow­er­ful per­for­mance: Reese Jones salutes the judge on the ‘‘lit­tle champ’’ Indika­tor af­ter their third Ro­torua Cup win.

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