Hair-line be­tween sta­ble and track

Matamata Chronicle - - Melbourne Cup -

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.

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