Trentham double not bad day’s work
Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards sent five horses south for last weekend’s big Trentham meeting with hopes of taking at least one of the day’s features.
Abidewithme and Melody Belle were the stable’s runners in the Gr. 1 Captain Cook Stakes and Gr. 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes, but in the end it was Royal Success and Echezeaux who carried the day with wins in the first and last races.
Abidewithme, the winner of the Tauranga Stakes at her last start, was the favourite for the Captain Cook Stakes but after settling in the rear and being taken wide to make her run in the home straight, she could do no better
‘‘Matt Cameron knew what he had under him and managed to get Echezeaux up in the shadows the post.’’
Not a lot went right for Melody Belle either, forced to race three wide on the speed from her outside gate and fighting hard all the way to the line for third.
Royal Success was kicking off his campaign when he lined up in the first race, but it almost didn’t happen.
In a fresh and frisky mood while being loaded in his starting stall, he burst through the front of his gate and dumped his jockey Matt Cameron.
He then took what must have seemed to his connections an age to be recaptured, but to their relief he was passed fit to take his place.
Having won the last three starts of his three-year-old campaign, a big effort was expected from the Savabeel gelding and so it proved as he powered to the line for a half-length win.
The 10-race programme was rounded out in similar fashion by stablemate Echezeaux.
After racing just behind the leading group she didn’t appear to be doing enough midway through the run home, but Matt Cameron knew what he had under him and managed to get Echezeaux up in the shadows the post.
With nominations for the Wellington Cup in January and the Auckland Cup in March, it’s obvious that high hopes are held for the half-sister to former Te Akau Racing star Darci Brahma.
The festive season is coming around fast and it’s only a week to next Wednesday’s popular local race meeting, the Christmas at the Races twilight fixture.
Racing doesn’t kick off until after three o’clock and goes through to 7.30, so if you haven’t booked your car boot or hospitality spot, a phone call to the Matamata Racing Club would be a good idea.
Echezeaux (Matt Cameron) completes a double for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards at Trentham on Saturday.