Lo­cal horses se­cure wins in Cup races

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DENNIS RYAN

‘‘The most pleas­ing as­pect of the day was to see the track run­ning so well.

A lovely spring day and per­fect track con­di­tions made for another very suc­cess­ful Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup race meet­ing on Satur­day.

The day’s $50,000 fea­ture was won by Dan­nevirke visi­tor Tyne Cot in a thrilling fin­ish as he got up in the fi­nal few strides to down lo­cal hope Kin­dale­ica, with another Mata­mata-trained run­ner, Vin­cent Street, third.

The lo­cals did get their share of the ac­tion on the sup­port card, how­ever, headed by the Glenn Old-trained Eletist win­ning the Rus­sell and Yvonne Green Me­mo­rial, along with Ar­raign­ment (Dan­ica Guy), Ali Baba (Mike Moroney-Chad Ormsby), Realta (Lance Noble) and Vic­to­ryshallbe­m­ine (Graham Richard­son).

Wins apart, the most pleas­ing as­pect of the day was to see the track run­ning so well af­ter a win- ter be­set with heavy tracks. Ideal dry­ing con­di­tions in the lead-up meant un­hin­dered prepa­ra­tion and the re­sult was race times right up with any run at Mata­mata, plus a rac­ing pat­tern that al­lowed all run­ners a fair chance.

Con­trary to sug­ges­tions of a sup­posed ‘‘on-pace’’ bias, the fact is that at least three win­ners – Realta, Eletist and Vic­to­ryshallbe­m­ine – got home from well back in the run­ning. In the case of Vic­to­ryshallbe­m­ine, she was dead last with 600 me­tres to run in the fi­nal event and had to go around ev­ery one of her ri­vals as she stormed home wide out to win nar­rowly for Michael Coleman.

There was also a som­bre tone to rac­ing fol­low­ing the death last week of pop­u­lar trainer Richard Coxon.

He had been a well-liked mem­ber of the rac­ing com­mu­nity as well as amongst friends and neigh­bours in the Wal­ton dis­trict.

Along with mem­bers of his fam­ily, Richard bred and raced the hardy gal­lop­ers Last Flight and Desert Flight, who be­tween them won 27 races, while in more re­cent years he also trained the tal­ented race­mare Gu­rus Spirit.

PHOTO: TR­ISH DUNELL

Eletist (Leith Innes) storms home to grab Statham in the Rus­sell and Yvonne Green Me­mo­rial, one of five lo­cally trained win­ners on Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup day.

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