Tren­tham dou­ble not bad day’s work

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

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.’’

than sev­enth.

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.

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