Mata­mata horses eye car­ni­val fea­tures

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - EMMA JAMES

‘‘Bal­ly­more train­ing part­ners Mike Moroney and Pam Ger­ard are also look­ing fur­ther ahead to the Welling­ton Cup on the mid­dle day at Tren­tham with Mis­ter Im­pa­tience.’’

All roads for the next three weeks will lead to Tren­tham, where the Welling­ton Rac­ing Club will con­duct its ma­jor car­ni­val of the sea­son across the next three Satur­days.

The first Group One race is this week­end’s Levin Clas­sic, for which lo­cal three-year-olds Hall Of Fame and Sav­ile Row are the two favourites.

Te Akau colt Hall Of Fame added to the tremen­dous run of suc­cess by prog­eny of cham­pion stal­lion Sav­abeel when he scored a fresh-up win at Eller­slie on Box­ing Day, while Bal­ly­more Sta­bles run­ner Sav­ile Row like­wise made a win­ning re­turn at Eller­slie to un­der­line his pre­vi­ous start sec­ond in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

Bal­ly­more train­ing part­ners Mike Moroney and Pam Ger­ard are also look­ing fur­ther ahead to the Welling­ton Cup on the mid­dle day at Tren­tham with Mis­ter Im­pa­tience.

The Euro­pean-bred stayer scored a sur­prise win in last year’s Tren­tham two-miler and af­ter un­der­go­ing bone-chip surgery has been mak­ing steady progress on the come­back trail.

Other lead­ing lights for the Welling­ton Cup in­clude the McKay sta­ble’s rapidly rising four-year- old Clar­ify, who de­stroyed his ri­vals in the Dun­stan Fi­nal at Eller­slie and early this week was well up the or­der at $8 on the TAB’s Welling­ton Cup mar­ket.

The odds in the $250,000 fea­ture were also rel­a­tively short about the Te Akau pair Echezeaux and Zam­bezi War­rior.

Mata­mata sta­bles will have a big part to play on Welling­ton Cup day with two of the lead­ing fan­cies for the Gr. 1 Tele­graph in Rail­way Stakes run­ner-up Per­fect Fit and glam­our gal­loper Xtrav­a­gant.

The Pen­tire colt was in fact the $4 favourite for the Tele­graph, con­fi­dently sup­ported to find his best form af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing Mel­bourne spring car­ni­val.

A trial late last month fol­lowed by a smart gallop be­tween races at the Eller­slie car­ni­val have been en­cour­ag­ing point­ers and no one would dis­agree that Xtrav­a­gant at his best would take a lot of beat­ing in the Tren­tham sprint.

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Af­ter this easy win in the Dun­stan Stay­ers’ Fi­nal at Eller­slie on New Year’s Day, Sav­abeel geld­ing Clar­ify gives Peter and Shaun McKay a strong hand in the Welling­ton Cup.

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