Dol­cetto rises to chal­lenge

Sunday News - - RACING - TIM RYAN

IT was tough go­ing at Awa­puni on Saturday but class shone through in the Listed Met­ric Mile.

The day’s $70,000 fea­ture show­cased the abil­ity of the find of cen­tral dis­tricts rac­ing Dol­cetto.

The Sylvia Kay-trained and coowned geld­ing has been a rev­e­la­tion in his cur­rent cam­paign which be­gan back in May at Awa­puni in a Rat­ing 75 race over 1200m.

He won that day rid­den by Saman­tha Col­lett and she hasn’t let him out of her sights win­ning four sub­se­quent starts cul­mi­nat­ing in his big­gest test on Saturday.

It was his black-type de­but but he proved way too good to take his earn­ings be­yond $150,000 from seven wins achieved in just 10 starts.

‘‘He’s such an hon­est horse and he can keep win­ning the way he’s go­ing,’’ Col­lett said.

His vet­eran trainer was in awe of the 5-year-old who ran the 1550m in 1:41.08.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled,’’ the as­tute horse­woman said. ‘‘I thought he was ab­so­lutely bril­liant to­day.

‘‘It’s been hard, he’s had sore feet with all the wet tracks we’ve had but he’s over­come that and has been work­ing well.’’

Kay will catch her breath be­fore de­cid­ing on her next move.

‘‘I’ll get over to­day and well go from there.’’

Chas­ing Dol­cetto home was the brave war­rior Au­then­tic Paddy who went his trade­mark hon­est race with Rose­wood run­ning an out­stand­ing third in her open class de­but.

Favourite Fran­caletta ap­peared to find the con­di­tions and step to 1550m too much and she faded out of con­tention.

Joshua Shaw had his first train­ing suc­cess ear­lier in the day with qual­ity mare Rayas.

Shaw is widely known in the thor­ough­bred in­dus­try, more re­cently as a well recog­nised bar­rier at­ten­dant at north­ern meet­ings.

The mile­stone was made more mem­o­rable due to for­mer All Black Chris­tian Cullen be­ing in the own­er­ship team.

The daugh­ter of Rip Van Win­kle was syn­di­cated by Welling­ton busi­ness­man Dave Mon­nery who pur­chased her for $50,000 through blood­stock con­sul­tant Phill Cataldo at a Karaka sale as a 2-year-old. RACE IM­AGES

‘ I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled. I thought he was ab­so­lutely bril­liant to­day.’ TRAINER AND PART-OWNER: SYLVIA KAY

The stakes per­former has now won twice from six starts .

Num­ber 12 Crafty Jess got Pick6 pun­ters off on the right foot in the mas­sive $780,000-plus chase on Saturday’s fi­nal three races at Awa­puni and on the fi­nal three at the north­ern meet­ing at Ruakaka.

The favourite was on plenty of tick­ets with 325,000 live af­ter leg one and sup­port­ers had no wor­ries as jockey Michael Cole­man launched the Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Foes­man-trained late in the race for a com­fort­able win.

Hot favourite Prom Queen won the fol­low­ing leg at Ruakaka to the cheers of sup­port­ers of the $1.45 shot who had no wor­ries with Dol­cetto, Be­yond Dis­pute and Finn win­ning the next three legs leav­ing 613 units live go­ing into the fi­nal leg.

Out­sider He’s Cav­a­lier knocked all but 26.66 units out and the hold­ers of the suc­cess­ful tick­ets were re­warded with $33,091.30 for every full unit.

Dol­cetto and Saman­tha Col­lett add the Group III Met­ric Mile to their grow­ing tally.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.