Big sea­son for our gal­lop­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Bound­ing in the box seat to take over where her year-older sta­ble­mate Fix left off last au­tumn.

Fix, who like Bound­ing is not only trained by the Kel­sos but is owned by ma­jor sta­ble client Gary Hard­ing, won the same Taupo race 12 months ago in the first step to tak­ing the pres­ti­gious New Zealand Blood­stock Filly of the Year se­ries.

In a pur­ple patch of sum­mer form Fix won the Eight Carat Clas­sic, Royal Stakes and Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic, while her plac­ings in­cluded sec­ond in the New Zealand Derby and third in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas.

Un­for­tu­nately Fix’s four-year-old sea­son is on hold af­ter she de­vel­oped a bone chip in a front fet­lock, but that has been op­er­ated on and she is now re­cu­per­at­ing with a view to re­turn­ing in time for a sum­mer­autumn cam­paign. In the mean­time Bound­ing prom­ises to keep the Hard­ing colours to the fore, with her next sched­uled start the Gold Trail Stakes at Hast­ings on Septem­ber 21.

The Kelso sta­ble has a strong hand in this week­end’s open­ing day of the Hawke’s Bay spring car­ni­val, with Xanadu one of the favourites in the first Group One race of the new sea­son, the Makfi Chal­lenge Stakes.

The big mare re­turned to rac­ing with a photo-fin­ish sec­ond in the Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa 10 days ago.

Her re­turn clash with Foxbridge win­ner Post­mans Daugh­ter and ace South Is­land mare Fi­nal Touch will be an early sea­son high­light this week­end.

An­other high­light of the Taupo meet­ing came when Dar­ryn Weather­ley sad­dled up La Vitesse, his first run­ner since re­cently gain­ing his trainer’s li­cence, for a mem­o­rable win.

In re­cent years Dar­ryn has run a pre-train­ing op­er­a­tion mainly ser­vic­ing lo­cal trainer John Sar­gent. John’s de­ci­sion to open a sta­ble in Syd­ney has been the spur for Dar­ryn to try his own luck in the train­ing busi­ness, but he has no plans to grow that side of the Banks Road op­er­a­tion be­yond a hand­ful of race­horses in work.

La Vitesse is raced by Dar­ryn and his wife Louise in part­ner­ship with Auck­lan­der Barry Wright.

Hamish and Karyn McQuade, have come up with a smart sort in Mr Men­delssohn, who has two from two starts with a smart per­for­mance at New Ply­mouth last Satur­day.

The McQuades race the three­year-old in part­ner­ship with Auck­land client Cliff Solomon, who signed for him at just $6000 at the 2012 Karaka Year­ling Sales.

The bay has proven a hand­ful to get to this point, but on the strength of a de­but win at Te Aroha ear­lier this month and then his even eas­ier win against much stronger op­po­si­tion he has a real fu­ture.

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