Gold Fever grips Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - DEN­NIS RYAN AND LAWRENCE GULLERY

‘‘Gold Fever and Sum­mer Pas­sage were two of six Mata­mata-trained win­ners on the nin­er­ace pro­gramme.’’

Ideal sum­mer weather, a per­fect track and qual­ity fields com­bined to make Mata­mata’s big­gest race­day of the year one to re­mem­ber.

A ca­pac­ity crowd flocked to the Mata­mata race­course on Sat­ur­day for the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes meet­ing and no-one was left dis­ap­pointed by the ac­tion on the track nor the style on show in the Tus­cany Road Fash­ion in the Field.

The day’s head­line race, the $100,000 Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes, was won by one of the strong lo­cal con­tin­gent, Gold Fever.

It was a first in Mata­mata’s flag­ship race for co-trainer Jamie Richards, but it marked the fourth for his Te Akau Rac­ing part­ner Stephen Autridge to go with the wins by Bayremah, Max­am­ore and Cata­marca over a five-year pe­riod in the late 1990s.

Sat­ur­day’s re­sult was some­thing of a re­play of last year’s Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes, which was won by Gold Fever’s half-sis­ter Gold Rush.

The sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence was that the lat­ter was trained by Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott and beat the Te Akau run­ner Sassy ‘N’ Smart by a nose.

The Wex­ford train­ing part­ners claimed a share of Sat­ur­day’s ac­tion when their highly rated colt Sum­mer Pas­sage downed Te Akau’s Sum­mer Monsoon in the other two-year-old fea­ture, the Reid & Har­ri­son Slip­per.

Gold Fever and Sum­mer Pas­sage were two of six Mata­mata­trained win­ners on the nine-race pro­gramme but nei­ther may have got the loud­est cheer.

That be­longed to Mas­sof­dash, or more specif­i­cally her 21-yearold jockey Te­gan New­man, who was hav­ing her first race­day ride when she brought the Jim Col­lett­trained mare home for an easy win in the New World Mata­mata 1400.

The com­pe­ti­tion was just as keen for the Tus­cany Road Fash­ion in the Field where it was Po­keno woman Belinda Green who was named Supreme Win­ner.

Green said some­one thought her out­fit looked like ‘‘a liquorice lolly’’ but she hoped it was the point of dif­fer­ence judges were look­ing for.

‘‘My head­wear was made to match and was a quirky piece. I used fab­ric from the dress on my head­wear.’’

It was the third time she had en­tered the Mata­mata event. She thought the event was well or­gan­ised and the prizes ‘‘ex­tremely gen­er­ous from lo­cal busi­nesses’’.

‘‘I loved catching up with fel­low fash­ion­istas, - a lovely bunch of ladies - all with a com­mon pas­sion for race­day at­tire.

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