Clas­sic win for Un­derthe­moon­light

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - TIM RYAN

Tau­ranga Clas­sic success for Un­derthe­moon­light has prompted thoughts of big­ger prizes for the daugh­ter of El Her­mano.

Karyn McQuade trains the mare at Mata­mata and co-owns with her hus­band Hamish and Cliff Solomon.

The winner of three be­fore her $50,000 Listed win on Satur­day, she was rid­den by Cameron Lam­mas.

‘‘She will have a break now,’’ Hamish McQuade said af­ter her lat­est success. ‘‘But I truly be­lieve she is a Group I horse so long as she can get her toe in the ground.’’

Satur­day’s con­test was run on a Heavy11 sur­face which McQuade main­tains was not ideal.

‘‘She won quite eas­ily in the end.’’

Lam­mas agreed that the 5-yearold wasn’t at home on the heavy track.

‘‘She didn’t han­dle the ground that well,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve just come out and found a nice bit of ground for her and she’s done the job for me.’’

She did the job by three and a-half lengths from New York Minute with Meur­sault a fur­ther four and a-quar­ter lengths to south­ern visitor Meur­sault run­ning on for third.

Her fourth win was well de­served as luck has de­serted her re­cently.

‘‘She’s a fan­tas­tic mare,’’ McQuade said. ‘‘She’s had no luck in her last three starts.’’

Cam­bridge trainer Tony Pike couldn’t win the Clas­sic with Nomisma who fin­ished near the rear, but there was no such prob­lem with her half-brother Dy­namic Ea­gle in the 3-year-old fea­ture ear­lier on the card.

The in­ter­est­ingly named race, The Frocked Up Girls 1400 ended up be­ing a cake­walk for the big, strap­ping son of Guil­lo­tine rid­den by Michael McNab.

Pre-race, Pike thought the pro­gres­sive type may have lacked the ringcraft of some of his op­po­si­tion at just his third start.

But it didn’t mat­ter af­ter he mas­tered the pace­maker Amas­tar and bolted to an easy win.

‘‘He’s still got a lot to learn,’’ Pike said. ‘‘He sort of ranged up and got a bit lost for a lit­tle part of the straight but his last part of the race was very strong.

‘‘He’s go­ing to de­velop into a nice horse.’’

McNab la­belled him as a horse ‘‘go­ing places’’.

‘‘He won re­ally well,’’ McNab said. ‘‘But I thought you’ve only seen 60 per cent of him to­day.

‘‘He wanted to do a lot wrong and he was quite up­tight for him but it was a good ef­fort.’’

De­spite tak­ing 1:31.91 for the trip, both trainer and jockey pre­dict Dy­namic Ea­gle will be at his best on a dead track but Pike will push on to an­other 3-year-old race in the mean­time.

Dy­namic Ea­gle was an $80,000 Karaka year­ling pur­chase for Pike’s sta­ble client Colin Keane.

A three-length winner on de­but at Mata­mata at the be­gin­ning of last month, Dy­namic Ea­gle fin­ished sec­ond to Ir­ish Mist at Eller­slie dur­ing Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

Pun­ters got it spot on when Art Deco won the Rat­ing 85 over 1200m.

TAB odds-set­ter Stephen Hunt re­ported a flood of money for the Al­lan Shar­rock-trained mare lured north from New Ply­mouth for the $30,000 race.

‘‘She’s been crunched in $2.90,’’ Hunt re­ported. to


Un­derthe­moon­light scoots clear of New York Minute in the Tau­ranga Clas­sic.

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