Abide­withme mak­ing most of rac­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

Class gal­loper Abide­withme is mak­ing the most of the time she has left be­fore re­tir­ing to the brood­mare pad­dock.

On Satur­day she added the $100,000 Tau­ranga Stakes to her record and with three months re­main­ing be­fore com­pul­sory re­tire­ment she will get up to three more chances to add a Group One win to her CV.

The time limit placed on the seven-year-old’s rac­ing ca­reer is linked to what is now a dual role – race­horse and brood­mare. A month ago she was mated with Tav­i­s­tock, the lat­est head­line stal­lion stand­ing at Cam­bridge Stud, and un­der the rules cov­er­ing such sit­u­a­tions she is not per­mit­ted to race be­yond the first trimester of her pedi­gree.

In the case of a horse that is 120 days, by which time Abide­withme’s foe­tus will be about the size of a grape­fruit, and she will join own­ers Sir Pa­trick and Lady Ho­gan’s qual­ity brood­mare band at Cam­bridge Stud.

Race­mares are no dif­fer­ent to other fe­male mam­mals in that their me­tab­o­lism in the ma­jor­ity of cases blooms. That struck me again last week when I ob­served Abide­withme get­ting through track­work for train­ers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, and she lived up to that im­pres­sion at Tau­ranga with a con­sum­mate per­for­mance in the big race of the day.

Hav­ing fin­ished an un­lucky third in her first start for the sea­son three weeks ear­lier, Abide­withme found Satur­day’s 1600-me­tres right to her lik­ing as reg­u­lar rider Michael McNab set­tled her at the tail of the small field and brought her with an ir­re­sistible late fin­ish.

Just as local gal­loper El Pescado was be­ing hailed the win­ner, Abide­withme ranged up and went on by to score a half-length win. That took her win­ning tally to nine and stakes past $440,000, with the promiser of more to come be­fore time is called.

With three Group One plac­ings al­ready on her record, the goal now is to add a Group One win, with the first op­por­tu­nity next month’s Cap­tain Cook Stakes at Tren­tham. All go­ing to plan she will then line up at Eller­slie on Box­ing Day in the Zabeel Clas­sic, a race named af­ter the former cham­pion Cam­bridge Stud stal­lion, who is the sire of Abide­withme’s dam, the former classy Jim Gibbs-trained race­mare Crim­son.

As they had the week be­fore with Hall Of Fame in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, the AutridgeRichards train­ing part­ner­ship had to set­tle for third in one of the fea­tures on the fi­nal day of the Ric­car­ton car­ni­val, the New Zealand Cup. Even so, the per­for­mance by emerg­ing stayer Im­perium, a son of the Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Ethe­real, held plenty of prom­ise for the fu­ture.

On a day that favoured horses able to make their runs down the out­side of the rain-af­fected track, the Wayne Hil­lis-trained Per­fect Start put in a big ef­fort to be nar­rowly beaten by the widest run­ner, Sav­abeel geld­ing Pump Up The Vol­ume, in the New Zealand Cup.

Back at Tau­ranga, the Graham Richard­son-trained Volpe Ve­loce claimed a con­so­la­tion prize for miss­ing the New Zealand 1000 Guineas when she out­classed her ri­vals to re­main un­beaten in four starts.

NZ RAC­ING DESK

In-foal race­mare Abide­withme shows her class for win num­ber nine in the Tau­ranga Clas­sic.

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