Luck deserts Mata­mata horses in Hast­ings

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - DENNIS RYAN

Lit­tle went right for the Mata­mata con­tin­gent in the Tarzino Trophy, the first Group One fea­ture of the new sea­son at Hast­ings last week­end.

Foxbridge Plate win­ner Un­derthe­moon­light did best of the quar­tet, hit­ting the line late for third af­ter a che­quered run back in the field.

In des­per­a­tion her rider Cameron Lam­mas threw cau­tion to the wind as the field swung for home when he had a horse full of run­ning un­der­neath him and no gaps ahead.

Pulling on the right rein, he took the line of two ri­vals and the con­certina ef­fect im­pacted on an­other Mata­mata run­ner, Ginger­nuts, who picked him­self up from be­ing shunted side­ways to fin­ish fifth. Next across the line was Volpe Ve­loce, stick­ing to her task de­spite be­ing pushed around in ground that was much wet­ter than she’s best on.

Un­derthe­moon­light is now likely to be fresh­ened with a view to de­fend­ing her ti­tle in the Gr. 3 Taranaki Breed­ers’ Stakes at Haw­era in Oc­to­ber, while Volpe Ve­loce and Ginger­nuts will re­turn to Hast­ings in two weeks’ time for the Gr. 1 Wind­sor Park Plate.

Ginger­nuts has the Caulfield Cup on his spring sched­ule and a de­ci­sion will be made af­ter his next start whether to re­main for the Gr. 1 Li­va­mol Clas­sic or head straight to Mel­bourne.

The Tarzino Trophy marked the end of the road for Per­fect Fit, who worked to get across to lead from her wide draw but had noth­ing to of­fer at the busi­ness end.

On top of a be­low-par run in the Foxbridge Plate two weeks ear­lier, that ef­fort was enough to make the de­ci­sion to re­tire the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained Group One win­ner to stud. She is now part-owned in Aus­tralia and will cross the Tas­man to be mated with high pro­file stal­lion Ex­ceed And Ex­cel.

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