Hair-line between stable and track
terrible,’’ said Jason as reflected on his mixed bag.
‘‘Wolfwhistle has really hit his straps with wins at his last three starts and the way Tiara won, she’s in for a big season now that she’s matured.’’
The plan with Wolfwhistle, a son of two topliners in O’Reilly and Legs, is to bring him home for a freshen-up and set him for a major 1600-metre event in the New Year. Bronte Lass is likely to back up on this Saturday’s New Zealand Cup programme, while Tiara will be allowed to work through the grades.
Rockfast will return home with Wolfwhistle and after a short break be aimed at major threeyear-old races with a long term view to the New Zealand Derby.
Tiara’s success at Te Rapa was preceded by another two Matamata- trained wins to Onlyarose and Tomorrowland from the respective stables of Karen Fursdon and Danica Guy.
Onlyarose, who took her record to three wins from 14 starts after an aggressive ride from apprentice Anna Jones, is the latest Willow Stables member with a strong connection to Cambridge Stud.
Like the 2004 Auckland Cup winner Upsetthym, she was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, who still own Onlyarose and are members of the partnership that races her.
Anna Jones continues to make excellent progress in her riding, both with her tactical decision making and strength in a finish. From a wide draw over 1200 metres on Saturday, Anna had no option but to use her mount’s natural speed and get her across onto the speed.
After sitting out in the open she went up to share the pace with 600 metres to run and then put her faith in the mare when she sent her to the front on the home turn.
Together the pair found enough to hold onto their lead, scraping home from the fast-finishing Fascination Street, who just failed to add another win to the tally of inform training partners Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott.
Tomorrowland bounced back to form after a below-par effort at his previous start when finishing fifth as favourite at Ellerslie. Trainer Danica Guy jumps to her horse’s defence in pointing out that, despite maiden win at Ellerslie back in March, he is far more effective on left-handed tracks.
Tomorrowland’s impressive fresh- up win at Hastings six weeks ago was a good example of his trainer’s assertion and the performance to lead and score easily at Te Rapa on the weekend should have settled any arguments as to where his future lies.
HAT-TRICK: Wolfwhistle and stable jockey Matt Cameron complete a hat-trick at Riccarton on Saturday.