In Style flies away with Con­corde

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of In Style, who was trans­ferred from the Guy sta­ble to Flemington-based Mike Moroney in Au­gust last year after he had struck a pur­ple patch of form.

Since then he has added another three wins, sev­eral plac­ings and more than $200,000 in stakes, and re­turned to Bal­ly­more’s Mata­mata sta­ble with ma­jor sum­mer stay­ing tar­gets on his agenda.

The first is this Satur­day’s $100,000 Waikato Times Gold Cup at Te Rapa, while he has also been en­tered for the $200,000 City Of Auck­land Cup, the first leg of the big New Year’s Day dou­ble com­pleted by the Rail­way Stakes. De­spite their close re­la­tion­ship – Sur­pass is a half-brother to In Style’s dam Ribade­sella – the two horses are almost op­po­sites in phys­i­cal type and dis­tance pref­er­ence, but there’s no denying their in­di­vid­ual abil­ity.

The pair are de­scen­dants of the English-bred mare Sou­venir, who was bought by Paul Ryan and his neigh­bour at the time, Bob Hedley, from a Ra Ora Stud de­plen­ish­ing sale in 1984. She was 15 and had a proven pro­duce record as the dam of the high class Mel­bourne per­former Savoir. The eight win­ners Sou­venir fi­nally be­came re­spon­si­ble for in­cluded Sur­prise, one of six foals bred by her new own­ers and now the dam of Sur­pass and grand­dam of In Style.

‘‘In Style’s mother was a dif­fi­cult breeder and I only got that one foal from her,’’ Paul Ryan re­called on Satur­day.

‘‘I’m still breed­ing from her half-sis­ter Om­nia though, and I’ve got a Fast’N’Fa­mous filly from her which is a three-quar­ter-sis­ter to In Style.’’

Satur­day’s big win pro­vided a wel­come break for Michelle Wenn, tak­ing the place of pre­vi­ous reg­u­lar rider Michael Cole­man, who had al­ready com­mit­ted to Ryan Mark when the decision was made to run In Style in the Con­corde.


IN STYLE: Con­nec­tions of the Michelle Wenn-rid­den Con­corde Hand­i­cap win­ner In Style gather for post-race formalities. From left, co-own­ers Shirlie and Paul Ryan flank trainer Dan­ica Guy.

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