Scapolo scam­pers away with Swey­nesse

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - TIM RYAN

The Kevin My­ers-trained Scapolo scored a de­ci­sive vic­tory when run­ning away with a four and a half length vic­tory in the Group III Swey­nesse Stakes (1215m) at Ro­torua on Satur­day.

The 7-year-old, who fin­ished sec­ond to Ryan Mark in the race a year ago, beat the Taranaki Breed­ers Stakes win­ner Un­derthe­moon­light who fin­ished sec­ond with another half a length back to North And South in third.

‘‘It was as easy as it looked,’’ jockey Sam Spratt said.

‘‘It’s pretty cool to ride a horse like him.

‘‘It was a bit of an arm­chair ride - he was well and truly the best horse in the field and at weight-for-age on that track he had ev­ery­thing go­ing for him,’’ she said.

Not only was it easy but Spratt was more than lucky to be on the horse.

Her luck was due to Kelly McCul­loch’s mis­for­tune after she was in­jured in a mid­week fall at Ruakaka.

McCul­loch stood down with sus­pected con­cus­sion after the nasty race day fall on Wed­nes­day which left her bat­tered and bruised but not suf­fer­ing any long term in­jury.

‘‘It was good for me but not so good for Kelly but she gave me a call to say ‘well done’,’’ Spratt said.

Spratt re­calls she has rid­den just three or so times for the My­ers sta­ble and had no luck on a jumper hav­ing a flat run a few years ago at Ric­car­ton but had plenty of luck on Bal­muse win­ning the Ro­torua Cup to go with her win on Scapolo.

‘‘That was sort of a pick-up ride [on Bal­muse] as well,’’ she said.

Scapolo has now won 16 of his 47 and this was his third vic­tory at Group level.

May­grove en­hanced his New Zealand Cup (3200m) cre­den­tials when tak­ing out the Listed Jakkalberry Clas­sic.

MARTIN HUNTER

Sam Spratt had the good for­tune to ride Scapolo to vic­tory at Ro­torua.

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