Mata­mata lands tri­fecta at Eller­slie

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - DEN­NIS RYAN

Mata­mata pre-Christ­mas meet­ing.

The Group Two vic­tory took Capella’s tally to three wins from just five starts and the prom­ise of much more to come. Her next start is likely to be this Satur­day on the first day of the Welling­ton Cup car­ni­val when she will clash with boom colt Xtrav­a­gant in the Gr. 1 Levin Clas­sic.

Dan­ica Guy claimed last year’s big three-year-old race with the $29 long­shot Gaultier and even though Capella will be at shorter odds, a sta­ble dou­ble would come as just as big a sur­prise given Xtrav­a­gant is the rag­ing favourite to add an­other big win.

The Stephen Autridge-Jamie Richards-trained colt had his first start since run­ning away with the New Zealand 2000 Guineas with an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance at Eller­slie on Box­ing Day.

The other big re­sult on the same pro­gramme was the Mata­mata tri­fecta in the $60,000 Hall­mark Stud New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap. It took an in­quiry and a re­ver­sal of the ma­jor plac­ings for the re­sult to be con­firmed, with Red Striker the win­ner from Only A Rose af­ter the pair had crossed the line in the op­po­site or­der.

There’s no com­fort for the op­pos­ing trainer-jockey com­bi­na­tions of Jim Col­lett and his daugh­ter Sa­man­tha and Karen Furs­don and sta­ble ap­pren­tice Anna Jones hav­ing to con­tinue their bat­tle in the stew­ards’ room, but life goes on be­yond such events.

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