Matamata lands trifecta at Ellerslie
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.