Birth­day girls cel­e­brate with wins

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

Satur­day’s Te Rapa race meet­ing was cause for dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion by two Mata­mata train­ers, Pam Ger­ard and Dan­ica Guy.

Both sad­dled a win­ner to add an edge to the birth­days they cel­e­brated at the same time.

Dan­ica’s win in the last race at Te Rapa with Galaxy Miss ac­tu­ally came six days after her birth­day, but Pam got it spot-on as her birth­day on the week­end co­in­cided with the win by Keep On Com­ing.

She trains the mare in part­ner­ship with Mel­bourne-based Mike Moroney, hav­ing taken over as Bal­ly­more Sta­bles’ Mata­mata train­ing part­ner when Chad Ormsby de­cided to take some time to travel the world.

Re­ports, in­ci­den­tally, are that the keen bull-rider is hav­ing an en­joy­able time on the North Amer­i­can rodeo cir­cuit, even show­ing the lo­cal Bronco Bil­lies a thing or two about how to last eight sec­onds on some of the mean­est crit­ters in the West.

Back at home base, Pam Ger­ard has picked up well on where Chad had left off in May.

The for­mer South Is­lan­der, who with her part­ner Tommy Ha­zlett came north sev­eral years ago to set­tle in Mata­mata, pre­pared eight win­ners in the fi­nal months of last sea­son and Satur­day’s was her new sea­son eye-opener.

Keep On Com­ing, who races in the pur­ple and white colours of long-time sta­ble client Ger­ard Peter­son, hasn’t been the eas­i­est to deal with but a clever ride from ap­pren­tice Sam Weather­ley did the trick on the week­end for a four and a half- length win.

The mar­gin was only a neck when Galaxy Miss won the next race at Te Rapa and gave Dan­ica her first win of the sea­son, but it was achieved with some au­thor­ity and con­firmed some smart track­work in the lead-up.

Galaxy Miss, a five-year- old mare by boom sire Tav­i­s­tock, has now won four of her 10 starts and hav­ing re­turned from a brief letup in cap­i­tal or­der, there should be more around the cor­ner for her.

Capella, the sta­ble star at Up­stage Blood­stock, is mak­ing ex­cel­lent progress to­wards her first start of the sea­son, the Gr. 1 Makfi Chal­lenge Stakes on the open­ing day of the Hawke’s Bay spring car­ni­val.

The win­ner last sea­son of the Eight Carat Clas­sic and an un­lucky fourth in the New Zealand Derby, Capella made her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance this time round with a bold third at the Te Teko tri­als ear­lier in the month.

All go­ing to plan, she’ll line up in all three races of the Hawke’s Bay triple crown.

Al­though Mata­mata run­ners South­ern Icon, Un­derthe­moon­light and Wil­lie Cazals were out of luck in the fea­ture Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa, the lo­cals still had a re­ward­ing day with four wins on the nine-race card.

The first race went to the Graham Richard­son-trained Babe, an O’Reilly filly who wore the colours of fea­ture race spon­sor Waikato Stud in a smart de­but win.

Glenn Old pro­duced Real Thirsty for a brave ef­fort un­der 60 kilo­grams in a Rat­ing 65 2100 me­tres.

That com­pleted a dou­ble after his pre­vi­ous start win at Hast­ings and also for jockey Cameron Lam­mas, his rider as well on that oc­ca­sion and who won two races at Te Rapa

TR­ISH DUNELL

No rest for birth­day girl Pam Ger­ard as she leads Keep On Com­ing back to the sad­dling stalls after win­ning at Te Rapa on Satur­day.

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