Lo­cals make the most of Stakes day

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘The re­sult was the eas­i­est win of the day in the New World Mata­mata 1400’’

Gold Fever stole the show at Mata­mata on Sat­ur­day, but there was plenty to like about the per­for­mances of other lo­cal­ly­trained gal­lop­ers on the Breed­ers’ Stakes sup­port pro­gramme.

Fel­low two-year-old Sum­mer Pas­sage was all class in his Reid & Har­ri­son Slip­per win, tak­ing the race to his ri­vals and never look­ing like be­ing headed.

Ever since Lance O’Sul­li­van signed for the hand­some Aus­tralian-bred colt for A$800,000 at last year’s Syd­ney Easter Year­ling Sale, high hopes were held that he would live up to his price tag.

On de­but a month ago lit­tle went right on the way to fin­ish­ing sec­ond, but on Sat­ur­day his rider Craig Grylls made the most of an in­side gate to set the pace and hold out the late charge of Gold Fever’s sta­ble­mate Sum­mer Mon- soon.

The Gr. 1 Sis­tema Stakes at Eller­slie on Sat­ur­day week is next on Sum­mer Pas­sage’s agenda, and if he races up to ex­pec­ta­tions the Hong Kong-owned colt could be on his way to Syd­ney for the A$1 mil­lion Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes in early April.

A smart field of three-yearolds lined up in Sat­ur­day’s Vadamos at Rich Hill 1400 and in a thrilling fin­ish, vic­tory went to the Gra­ham Richard­son-trained O’Reilly filly Babe from Ever­brave and the win­ner’s sta­ble­mate Se­cret Stash.

Bal­ly­more Sta­bles part­ners Mike Moroney and Pam Ger­ard, pro­duced the win­ner of Sat­ur­day’s open­ing race, the Valachi Downs 1600, with Sav­abeel geld­ing Ali Baba, then it was Jim Col­lett’s turn to leg up his ap­pren­tice Te­gan New­man for her first race­day ride on fresh-up sta­ble run­ner Mas­sof­dash.

The re­sult was the eas­i­est win of the day in the New World Mata­mata 1400 and an en­thu­si­as­tic re­cep­tion for the 21-year- old jockey as she brought her me­morable win­ner back to the bird­cage.

A big day for Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards was com­pleted by Smash­ing when she led through­out to take West­bury Waikato open sprint in the hands of Cameron Lam­mas.

NZ RAC­ING DESK

Sum­mer Pas­sage (Craig Grylls) is too tough as he holds out Sum­mer Monsoon in the Reid & Har­ri­son Slip­per.

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