Big day for lo­cals at twilight race meet­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

A 10-race pro­gramme and more than 130 starters made for a su­per fi­nale for Mata­mata’s 2016 sched­ule at last Wed­nes­day’s twilight meet­ing.

The lo­cals were in the thick of the action, led by Ken and Bev Kelso with three win­ners on the day. First starter Princess Kereru opened their in­nings with an im­pres­sive rail-hug­ging per­for­mance, fol­lowed by reg­u­lar placeget­ter Cote d’Or in her maiden break­through win and the tre­ble was com­pleted when Miss Horotiu went one bet­ter than her pre­vi­ous start sec­ond.

With a sec­ond and fifth plac­ing from their two re­main­ing run­ners, the Kel­sos made no race of the train­ers’ com­pe­ti­tion as they de­parted with the bonus of a Christ­mas ham cour­tesy of Mata­mata Butch­ery.

The own­ers of the Kelso trio il­lus­trate the di­ver­sity in the peo­ple who pro­vide the where­withal for Mata­mata train­ing op­er­a­tions. Princess Kereru is raced by her Auck­land co-breeder Paul Humphries, Cote d’Or by lead­ing in­dus­try iden­tity Sir Peter Vela, and Miss Horotiu by now Sin­ga­pore-based trainer Lau­rie Laxon.

The Te Akau pair­ing of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards main­tained their good re­cent form by book­end­ing the pro­gramme with first and last race win­ners. Shock­ing Luck – one of two win­ners on the day for Rich Hill Stud’s rapidly emerg­ing sire Shock­ing – be­lied her name to be­gin the day the right way, and Dame Mar­got Fonteyn made the step up from a pre­vi­ous start maiden win to man­age Rat­ing 65 com­pany just as im­pres­sively.

The High Cha­parral filly was the 100th win­ner for former Mata­mata res­i­dent John Galvin when she won at New Ply­mouth ear­lier in the month and she kicked off the sec­ond cen­tury for the prin­ci­pal of Fortuna Syn­di­cates in her home track win.

Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott sad­dled the sixth lo­cal win­ner in the form of Sav­abeel filly Save The Stars, who car­ries the colours of former Black Caps cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum’s Ver­mair Syn­di­cates.

Save The Stars was one of three win­ners on the day for Cameron Lam­mas, who not only claimed three bot­tles of bub­bly com­pli­ments of ac­count­ing form Noble & Lee, but also the lead­ing jock­eys’ prize of the Christ­mas ham­per do­nated by club stal­warts Wally and Mau­reen Hen­der­son.

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