Te Akau new­com­ers thriv­ing

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Alam­osa, be­came the fifth Bridg­man-trained de­but win­ner for the week when he led home his slightly more ex­pe­ri­enced sta­ble­mate King Savin­sky at Ruakaka.

Down at Palmer­ston North, Thrive broke through for a con­vinc­ing ca­reer first stakes win in the Group III Me­rial An­care Met­ric Mile, cred­it­ing Mata­mata new­comer Kelly My­ers with her first ma­jor win since mov­ing north and her first for Te Akau.

Thrive, who is raced in part­ner­ship by David El­lis and her breeder, Hawke’s Bay stock agent Ken Browne, had fin­ished third and fifth in two starts at the Grand Na­tional meet­ing at Ric­car­ton early last month. Fol­low­ing the mare’s re­turn to Mata­mata, Ja­son de­cided to al­ter his plans when he wasn’t to­tally happy with her.

‘‘I kept her in train­ing for a week but she was quite tired af­ter the trip south so I backed off her and set her for this race,’’ Ja­son ex­plained. ‘‘When Kelly rode her in her fi­nal gal­lop on Wed­nes­day morn­ing I knew she was back to her best and things went her way with a good draw and the right trip.’’

Ja­son’s less tapped group of re­cent win­ners will now need to step up to the next level as they set out to prove them­selves in stakes grade.

‘‘We’re hav­ing some luck at the mo­ment, which is the way it of­ten works with the whole team be­ing in god or­der. In the case of the young horses it all goes back to their early ed­u­ca­tion, hav­ing a nice spell and then bring­ing them up for rac­ing at this time of the year.’’

Photo: RACE IM­AGES PN

Apt: Thrive (Kelly My­ers) caps a big week for Ja­son Bridg­man with vic­tory in the $70,000 Me­rial An­care Mile at Awa­puni on Satur­day.

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