Xtrav­a­gant cre­ates Te Akau’s dream start

Matamata Chronicle - - Health & Wellbeing - DEN­NIS RYAN

Xtrav­a­gant be­came the fifth horse to carry the tan­ger­ine and blue colours to vic­tory in the Ric­car­ton clas­sic, hav­ing been bought by David El­lis for $375,000 from breeder Rich Hill Stud at the 2014 Na­tional Year­ling Sale.

Rich Hill had also bred and sold last week’s Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Prince of Pen­zance for $50,000 in the Karaka sale-ring, and be­tween them the two sons of stud vet­eran Pen­tire have taken their sire’s tally of Group One win­ners to 14.

Xtrav­a­gant is a brother to 2010 New Zealand 2000 Guineas win­ner He’s Re­mark­able, a big win­ner in his own right who now stands at Map­per­ley Stud.

A brief let-up now awaits the strap­ping colt be­fore he re­turns to train­ing with a view to be­ing tested against the Aus­tralia can of­fer.

‘‘If it’s all go­ing the right way he’ll go to Mel­bourne for the Aus­tralian Guineas,’’ said Stephen Autridge.

‘‘You win that and you’ve got a stal­lion for sure.’’

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PHOTO: TR­ISH DUNELL

Xtrav­a­gant and Matt Cameron race away with the New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

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