Spell­bind­ing Eller­slie per­for­mance

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Guineas King’s Rose, and Wolfwhis­tle, a son of O’Reilly and for­mer class race mare Legs who won at Taupo at his last start.

King’s Rock, a $1.75 mil­lion Karaka year­ling pur­chase by Te Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis, ran in the other three-year-old stakes race at Eller­slie on the weekend, the Bonecrusher Stakes. Al­though he was un­able to re­peat his pre­vi­ous start de­but win, there was still plenty of merit in his fifth plac­ing af­ter luck in the run­ning didn’t go his way.

That race was won by the Cam­bridge-trained Thorn Park colt Sa­cred Park, com­plet­ing a no­table dou­ble for Map­per­ley Stud. Both he and Spell­binder were in Map­per­ley’s draft to the 2012 Na­tional Year­ling Sale, the first ma­jor con­sign­ment from the Pe­ria Hills farm since Simms Dav­i­son took over man­age­ment.

Spell­binder wasn’t the only Mata­mata­trained horse to ex­tend its un­beaten record at Eller­slie last Satur­day. The Paul and Kris Shailer-trained Fore­front took his per­fect tally to three with a smart win over 1200 me­tres in his first start since May.

Like Spell­binder, he’s also by O’Reilly and in fact was the first of three win­ners on the Eller­slie card by Waikato Stud’s cham­pion stal­lion. Fore­front won on de­but at Te Aroha last Fe­bru­ary and wasn’t seen again un­til May, where he re­peated at Tren­tham. His reap­pear­ance had been de­layed by wet tracks and he can only be­come more of a force as spring foot­ing con­tin­ues to im­prove.

‘‘He’s still a bit soft out and we’ll take him one run at a time,’’ said Paul Shailer af­ter his part­ner Kelly My­ers had brought Fore­front home with a pa­tient ride. ‘‘His owner has been very pa­tient and there’s no panic. He’s out of a Zabeel mare and will only get bet­ter with time.’’

The four-year-old geld­ing is raced by his breeder, Auck­land Queen’s Coun­sel Alan Gal­braith, whose in­ter­est in Rich Hill Stud makes him a reg­u­lar to Mata­mata.

Photo: TR­ISH DUNELL

Eat my dust: Spell­binder’s run­away So­lil­o­quy Stakes win at Eller­slie on Satur­day is il­lus­trated by the in­field screen.

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