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Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - TIM RYAN

Bat­tling odds to win big

Cam­bridge trainer Shel­ley Hale has qui­etly plied her trade for many a day.

Her love of horses is ob­vi­ous and was be­hind her re­mark­able come­back from se­ri­ous health is­sues around 18 months ago to hit a ca­reer high at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

Sev­enth Up, one of the tal­ented prog­eny of Regelle the mare Hale and part­ners have bred from for a num­ber of years, caused a mi­nor shock winning the Group II Easter Stakes (1600m).

Hale knows her way around a horse hav­ing fallen into the in­dus­try at a young age, go­ing on to earn the re­spect of in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants who have ob­served her abil­ity to get the best from her small, con­tented team of gal­lop­ers. Fight­ing back the tears af­ter Sev­enth Up’s out­stand­ing win in the $200,000 race, the hum­ble horse­woman was quick to thank every­one who had helped her through her ‘‘ups and downs’’. The win was also tes­ta­ment to the skills of age­less jockey, Grant Cook­sley, 57, who showed his ac­knowl­edged pa­tience guid­ing Sev­enth Up to vic­tory.

One of the best

Car­ry­ing top­weight, Who Shot The­bar­man missed by just a head to beat Po­lar­i­sa­tion in the A$2 mil­lion Syd­ney Cup at Randwick on Satur­day. The won­der horse who be­gan his days with Mark Ou­laghan at Awa­puni for his en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers the O’Leary fam­ily from Wan­ganui, epit­o­mises ev­ery­thing good about the NZ-bred stay­ers. He is tough, he is durable, he is tal­ented and he can stay like the prover­bial. Count the aban­doned take one of the Syd­ney Cup when he un­for­tu­nately fell dur­ing the run­ning, and his runs over the ul­ti­mate 3200m trip are near­ing dou­ble fig­ures but he is no onepaced plug­ger. The South Is­land­bred 8-year-old son of Ya­manin Vi­tal has won around $3 mil­lion for his ef­forts, winning his first race over 1600m at Tren­tham five sea­sons ago and com­pet­ing against the best over all dis­tances in the mean­time.

South­ern com­bi­na­tion

Tommy Tucker and Ja­cob Lowry com­bined for their 10th win to­gether in the Group III Can­ter­bury Gold Cup at Ric­car­ton. He beat Blood­stream by half a length with an­other four lengths back to Ben­zini in third. There was a slight cause for con­cern for con­nec­tions fol­low­ing the vic­tory af­ter the geld­ing ate some straw in the swab box and half-choked. ‘‘He’s go­ing out for a good spell now any­way and we’ll get him back again – he’s com­ing up to nine, but he doesn’t know that,’’ said part-owner and co­trainer Brian An­der­ton. ‘‘It’s a great win and a nice ride and the horse has never let any­one down.’’ He’s never let his young rider down, and Lowry can’t wait for the next cam­paign.

Silly money

Tavidream is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of what hap­pens to our best young thor­ough­bred tal­ent - prospec­tive overseas buy­ers come cir­cling. Af­ter the 3-year-old geld­ing won the Group II Championship Stakes (2000m) at Eller­slie on Satur­day, co-trainer Chris Gibbs was won­der­ing how the eu­phoric syn­di­cate of own­ers would be able to ig­nore the ‘‘silly money’’ be­ing of­fered for the son of Tav­i­s­tock.

Up sig­nif­i­cantly in trip fol­low­ing an au­thor­i­ta­tive suc­cess over 1600m at Eller­slie at his pre­vi­ous start, he was well po­si­tioned just in be­hind the lead­ers by jockey Alysha Col­lett and beat off the chal­lenge of Charles Road who was bear­ing down rapidly.


Cam­bridge trainer Shel­ley Hale has achieved out­stand­ing re­sults with Sev­enth Up and the rest of her small team.

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