Pa­tience re­warded for a Per­fect Fit

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - DEN­NIS RYAN


While that Group One sprint re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity, the Kelso stable is likely to have a run­ner in the Eller­slie equiv­a­lent, the Rail­way Stakes. A strong late fin­ish into sec­ond by Ir­ish Moon in last Satur­day’s Con­corde hand­i­cap vir­tu­ally as­sured a start in the big New Year’s Day sprint.

The half-length mar­gin from the win­ner Statham would have been less if Ir­ish Moon not had his line taken by Statham with 300 me­tres to run. Con­nec­tions were jus­ti­fied in lodg­ing a protest but of­fi­cials ruled that the win­ner was en­ti­tled to the gap he took ahead of Ir­ish Moon.

‘‘Win­ning a $70,000 race would have been good, but by run­ning sec­ond he es­capes any penalty for the Rail­way, so I sup­pose it wasn’t all bad,’’ said Ken Kelso.

Gra­ham Richard­son also has de­signs on the Rail­way, with his un­beaten stable mem­ber Snap­shot vy­ing for a start in the $200,000 race. That tar­get will be­come more of a re­al­ity if Snap­shot can take his win­ning se­quence to five from five at Te Rapa this week­end.

The five-year-old son of for­mer classy gal­loper Snap needed time to reach ma­tu­rity and his ca­reer has been fur­ther hin­dered by his ab­ject dis­like for any­thing but a firm gal­lop­ing sur­face.

That has re­stricted his cur­rent cam­paign to a sin­gle start, which re­sulted in an­other easy win at Ro­torua in mid-Oc­to­ber and deep­ened the im­pres­sion the un­tapped tal­ent has made since his ca­reer be­gan just over a year ago.

‘‘The Rail­way is a long­shot and he’s still 25th in the start­ing or­der, but we would give it se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion if he was to win again on Satur­day,’’ said his trainer.

Talk of hol­i­day sea­son rac­ing also brings to mind Mata­mata’s pre-Christ­mas race meet­ing, the pop­u­lar twi­light meet­ing sched­uled for next Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16 with the first race set to go at 3.15pm.

Var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment pack­ages – in­clud­ing car boot spots – can still be booked by making con­tact with the Mata­mata Rac­ing Club of­fice at 888 8898.


Per­fect Fit and Michael Coleman com­plete an Eller­slie dou­ble with an­other classy win last Satur­day.

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