Wex­ford three-year-olds show­ing their class

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - DEN­NIS RYAN

Nearly two months into the new sea­son, the Wex­ford Sta­bles train­ing part­ner­ship of Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott is lead­ing the way amongst lo­cal ranks with nine wins from less than 30 starters.

Prom­i­nent amongst those horses is a tal­ented bunch of three-year-olds shap­ing up for ma­jor spring as­sign­ments with some eye-catch­ing per­for­mances.

At Te Rapa last Wed­nes­day, Sweet Leader and Cha Siu Bao, both scored wins to ad­vance their prospects, while at Hast­ings on Satur­day Glass Slip­per lodged her bid with a storm­ing fin­ish into sec­ond in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes.

Sweet Leader is a good-look­ing colt by O’Reilly who fol­lowed a de­but third with a last-to-first win over 1000 me­tres at Taupo last month.

Step­ping up to 1200 me­tres at Te Rapa he was again very dom­i­nant, this time rac­ing on the pace and putting for­ward a case to take on the un­beaten pair Heroic Val­our and Ugo Fos­colo in next week’s Hawke’s Bay Guineas.

Cha Siu Bao – who in­trigu­ingly gets his name from a Chi­nese pork bun del­i­cacy – capped plac­ings in his three pre­vi­ous starts with an im­pres­sive win at Te Rapa. He will need to step up with another sim­i­lar per­for­mance to ver­ify his place amongst the age-group stars, but ev­ery­thing he has done to date un­der­lines his en­ti­tle­ment.

Glass Slip­per, who was placed in strong com­pany as a two-yearold, again be­lied her maiden sta­tus with her sec­ond in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hast­ings. She too has done enough to this point to say she is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion for what’s on the hori­zon.

Mem­bers of the younger bri­gade aren’t alone in the in-form Wex­ford team. Nine-year-old Wil­lie Cazals, whose ca­reer be­gan in Italy and con­tin­ued in Hong Kong be­fore ar­riv­ing Down Un­der, showed with his third plac­ing in the fea­ture race at Pukekohe last week­end that he too can make his mark in ma­jor events com­ing up.

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