Richard­son bags four in a day

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DEN­NIS RYAN

Gra­ham Richard­son was in ex­cel­lent touch last Satur­day with four wins across two venues headed by his unbeaten sta­ble star Volpe Ve­loce.

The Gr. 3 Eu­logy Stakes marked a late start in fea­ture three-year-old rac­ing for Volpe Ve­loce after a series of set­backs had con­spired against plans to be at Ric­car­ton a month ago for the New Zealand 1000 Guineas.

There’s noth­ing as sweet as mak­ing up for lost time, how­ever, as the tal­ented filly ex­tended her unbeaten se­quence to five wins with a con­vinc­ing per­for­mance. That was her sec­ond stakes suc­cess after tak­ing the Castle­town Stakes at Wan­ganui in June and sets her up for more im­por­tant races on the hori­zon.

The first op­tion is the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Clas­sic at Eller­slie on Boxing Day, but a start in that race is by no means cer­tain.

‘‘Her long term goal is the New Zealand Oaks in March, so I’m go­ing to have to pick my races,’’ Gra­ham said. ’’It could be that she misses the Eight Carat and waits for the Levin Clas­sic at Tren­tham later in Jan­uary. It’s a Group One and would be great to win, but I’ve got to keep in mind how much trav­el­ling she does if we want her to be at peak back at Tren­tham in March.’’

Richard­son Rac­ing’s big Satur­day had be­gun with a win in the first race at Awa­puni to Wild­flower, while closer to home Los Var­gas up­set some bet­ter backed ri­vals in the third race at Te Rapa.

Back to Awa­puni, promis­ing stayer Pure Lorde made no race of the fourth event to win as she liked and Volpe Ve­loce capped it off in the Eu­logy Stakes.

It was a big day at Awa­puni all round for Mata­mata train­ers with a to­tal of six wins on the eigh­trace pro­gramme. Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards notched a dou­ble with Cham­bord and Our Ab­badean, and the bag was com­pleted by the Gil­lies-trained Woods­man.

On the jockey front Craig Grylls con­tin­ued his hot run of fea­ture race form with another win on the tal­ented Sav­abeel mare Tony Cold­play, who added the Gr. 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa to the Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy Stakes she won last month at Eller­slie.

Craig has won a ma­jor race every week­end in the past month, be­gin­ning with the Gr. 3 Coun­ties Cup on Cho­cante, then Cold­play in the Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy, and 10 days ago it was the turn of Gift Of Power in the Gr. 2 Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes at Tren­tham.

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Volpe Ve­loce makes it five from five with vic­tory in the Eu­logy Stakes at Awa­puni on a big day for Gra­ham Richard­son.

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