In Style flies away with Concorde
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.