Win some, lose some for Mata­mata trio

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘The stick­ing point was Our King Sway's er­ratic path at the top of the home straight.’’

Eller­slie on Satur­day was very much a case of ‘‘win some, lose some’’ for the Mata­mata trio of trainer Glenn Old and ap­pren­tice jock­eys Dar­ren Da­nis and Sam Weather­ley.

Great North­ern day be­gan with a win by the tal­ented but un­sound Old-trained geld­ing Eletist, who fol­lowed up a mid­week Avon­dale win when he car­ried 60 kilo­grams to a nar­row vic­tory in Rat­ing 85 grade.

Glenn didn’t have time to cel­e­brate as he had to sad­dle up his sec­ond run­ner, Our King Sway, for the very next race. It was more of the same as ap­pren­tice Dar­ren Da­nis scored a ca­reer-first win on the grey and tak­ing Glenn’s record for the sea­son to an amaz­ing five wins from just six starters.

Their plea­sure was short-lived, how­ever, when stew­ards an­nounced an in­quiry and Our King Sway was rel­e­gated to third. The stick­ing point was Our King Sway’s er­ratic path at the top of the home straight when he ducked in and checked Plat­inum Com­mand.

That horse crossed the line third and the ju­di­cial com­mit­tee ruled that but for the in­ter­fer­ence, she would have won. Not ev­ery­one agreed with that rul­ing, but un­der those cir­cum­stances Our King Sway was rel­e­gated be­hind Plat­inum Com­mand.

The only con­so­la­tion for 24-year-old Dar­ren is that he was not charged with any of­fence as stew­ards be­lieved he had done all he could to cor­rect his way­ward mount. With the first horse over the line rel­e­gated to third, the for­tu­itous re­cip­i­ent of that change in plac­ings was run­ner-up Zor­rali and his rider Sam Weather­ley.

Zor­rali’s pro­mo­tion to first was a lucky break and the start of a mem­o­rable day for the 17-yearold. Sam re­ally earned his sec­ond win, in which he waited for a gap on the fence rid­ing the favourite Per­sua­sive, who hit the line for a re­peat of her win over her sta­ble­mate Se­cret Spirit at the same track two weeks ear­lier.

Nor was his day fin­ished. In the sec­ond-last race on the card he com­pleted his first tre­ble with vic­tory on Me­gablast, tak­ing his tally since his ca­reer be­gan just over three months ago to an im­pres­sive 16 wins from 116 rides.

The Glenn Old-trained Eletist (1) strides to the line for a nar­row win at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

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