Bros­nans con­tinue good start to sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DEN­NIS RYAN

The new sea­son has be­gun well for hus­band-and-wife train­ing part­ners Peter and Jess Bros­nan, whose dou­ble at Te Aroha on Sun­day took their tally af­ter a month to three wins from 18 starters.

Ear­lier in Au­gust Em­brace­able You had got things off to an en­cour­ag­ing start with a win at Avon­dale and she re­peated on the week­end with an­other brave ef­fort to get up late in the dis­tinc­tive orange colours of owner­breeder Ge­orge Duncan.

That win book-ended the Te Aroha card for the Bros­nans, who had won the first race with a horse they race them­selves, That’s How It Goes. The Isti­daad geld­ing had been Peter and Jess’s only win­ner last sea­son when he capped a ruin of plac­ings with a maiden mid­dle-dis­tance suc­cess.

On Sun­day he was hav­ing his sec­ond start over hur­dles and the way he man­aged the as­sign­ment au­gurs well for his fu­ture in a role that has brought im­mense suc­cess to the Bros­nan fam­ily over the years.

That’s How It Goes isn’t the only promis­ing jumper Bros­nan team.

A def­i­nite fu­ture is also pre­dicted for Old Count­ess, who fin­ished third to his sta­ble­mate on Sun­day.

‘‘It’s good to get the win with our own horse but I think that once Old Count­ess learns to set­tle in her races she’ll be even bet­ter,’’ says Peter.

Mata­mata horses had to set­tle for mi­nor plac­ings on the first day of the Hawke’s Bay car­ni­val, but our jock­eys had a bet­ter time of it.

Michael Cole­man has nailed a good ride for the spring in Ugo Fos­colo, who led through­out to beat Te Akau colt Hall Of Fame in the three-year-old sprint. Anna Jones got her first win for the sea­son on an­other all-the-way win­ner, Meeska Mooska, while Cameron Lam­mas part­nered El Pescado for sec­ond to Sav­abeel geld­ing Kawi in the day’s fea­ture, the Gr. 1 Makfi Chal­lenge Stakes.

Anna’s win on Meeska Mooska ac­tu­ally com­pleted a dou­ble af­ter she had won a nov­elty race staged as part of Daf­fodil Day fundrais­ing ef­forts for the Cancer So­ci­ety.

No horses were in­volved, just in the jock­eys dressed in a va­ri­ety of cos­tumes who vol­un­teered to take part in an egg-and-spoon race in the bird­cage.

Anna’s com­bi­na­tion of pre­vi­ously un­re­vealed skills car­ried the day, while Sa­man­tha Col­lett ad­mit­ted she couldn’t quite get her co-or­di­na­tion right when it came to jump­ing a hur­dle at the same time as keep­ing her egghold­ing hand steady.

Jock­eys Holly An­drew, Anna Jones, Sam Col­lett and Leah Hemi ham it up for the egg-and-spoon race at Hast­ings on Satur­day.

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