Gold Fever con­firms Stakes prospects

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

Ev­ery­thing is fall­ing into place for train­ers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards as they plan to add New Zealand’s pre­mier twoyear- old fil­lies’ race to last month’s Karaka Mil­lion win.

On Satur­day at Te Rapa Gold Fever showed she was right on tar­get for the J Swap Con­trac­tors Matamata Breed­ers’ Stakes with an ap­pro­pri­ate win in the Race A Horse With Te Akau – 2017 Karaka Mil­lion Sta­ble.

As its name sug­gests, the 1200-me­tre ju­ve­nile race was spon­sored by the same sta­ble that houses Gold Fever, who was bought by David El­lis for $110,000 at the Magic Mil­lions Gold Coast Sale in Jan­uary last year.

Within weeks the Sav­abeel filly’s older half-sis­ter Gold Rush had won the Matamata Breed­ers’ Stakes and now her sib­ling will have the chance to com­plete a no­table fam­ily dou­ble on Satur­day week.

Gold Fever was rid­den on Satur­day by Cameron Lam­mas, who was also in the sad­dle when she won on de­but at Te Rapa in Novem­ber.

Cameron, who had his best sea­son for a decade when rid­ing 67 win­ners last sea­son and is al­ready on 32 wins just past the half­way stage in the cur­rent term, be­came a fa­ther two weeks ago when his wife Tracey gave birth to their first child, a son named Blake. Matamata Breed­ers’ Stakes plans didn’t go any­where near as smoothly on the week­end for Wex­ford Sta­bles part­ners Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott.

One of their prospects for the big race, Miss Foxy Gal, had to be scratched at the bar­rier when she re­fused to be loaded into her start­ing gate.

A Breed­ers’ Stakes start will now de­pend on how she be­haves in a bar­rier trial this week, repli­cat­ing the sce­nario around Te Akau filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart, who went on to fin­ish a nose sec­ond to Gold Rush in last year’s race. Gra­ham Richard­son left Te Rapa dis­ap­pointed on Satur­day when Volpe Ve­loce suf­fered de­feat for the first time.

With seven wins be­hind her, she came up short to fin­ish fourth when rac­ing be­yond 1600 me­tres for the first time and will now have a well-eared break ahead of an au­tumn cam­paign.


Cameron Lam­mas brings Gold Fever back to scale at Te Rapa on Satur­day.

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