Te Akau’s train­ing wins tally on the rise

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - DEN­NIS RYAN

the tyro train­ing part­ners soak up a re­mark­able run of form capped by an­other Group One vic­tory at Ric­car­ton last Satur­day.

When Risque hit the line in the $300,000 New Zealand Blood­stock 1000 Guineas, com­plet­ing a clas­sic dou­ble af­ter Xtrav­a­gant’s de­mo­li­tion job a week ear­lier in the $400,000 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, she took the stable tally for the sea­son thus far to 31 wins. Risque’s big re­sult was also the coup de grace for the res­i­dent train­ers at Te Akau Rac­ing. They won ev­ery race they con­tested on the fi­nal day of the New Zealand Cup car­ni­val, be­gin­ning with Vive La Dif­fer­ence and Flam­ing in sup­port races and con­tin­ued by Smart ‘N’ Sassy in the two-yearold fea­ture, the Listed Barneswood Farm Wel­come Stakes.

A fi­nal tally of the Te Akau team’s huge South Is­land spring cam­paign stands at 17 wins, with all 11 horses sent south from Mata­mata the win­ner of at least one race. Win­ning big races is no new ex­pe­ri­ence for Stephen Autridge, but he’s hav­ing trou­ble re­call­ing a pe­riod in his long ca­reer to match the past few weeks. For 26-year-old Jamie Richards, suc­cess of this mag­ni­tude af­ter just six months at the helm of one of the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful sta­bles is the stuff of dreams for some­one who grew up in a high pro­file Otago rac­ing fam­ily. ‘‘Af­ter the spring we’d al­ready had down south, then to win the big one on the first day and three more early on the last day, I went into the 1000 Guineas think­ing we might have used up all our luck,’’ Stephen said af­ter stable jockey Matt Cameron had brought Risque home first from an­other Mata­mata filly, Gra­ham Richard­son’s Strada Cavallo. ‘‘No, it’s been great, a real team ef­fort. We’ve set the bar fairly high but we’re up for any­thing that comes along.’’

PHOTO: RACE IM­AGES CHRISTCHURCH

Cap­ping a huge week for train­ers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and jockey Matt Cameron, Risque wins the NZB 1000 Guineas from fel­low Mata­mata filly Strada Cavallo.

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