Tomelilla scores an­other win

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Con­sis­tent mare Tomelilla put fur­ther value into her fu­ture breed­ing prospects when she added the Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Clas­sic (1600m) at Pukekohe to an al­ready im­pres­sive ca­reer record.

The six-year-old Tav­i­s­tock mare made it eight vic­to­ries from just 25 starts as she cruised home in the day’s fea­ture by a com­fort­able two-length mar­gin. Three of her wins have now come in black-type con­tests in­clud­ing the Gr.3 Ro­torua Stakes (1400m) back in May.

Sent for a brief let-up after fin­ish­ing third in the Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) in July, the Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man trained gal­loper tuned up for her race­day re­turn with a handy run over 935m at the Cambridge tri­als 10 days ago.

Pun­ters saw enough in the trial to send her out favourite on Sun­day and were on good terms through­out as rider Matt Cameron pro­duced a gem of a ride to se­cure the vic­tory.

Handy stayer Ex­cal­ibur made up good ground after an in­ter­rupted run in the home straight to fin­ish sec­ond while He’s Cava­lier con­tin­ued his pur­ple patch of form with a gritty third.

“She’s had five black-type races now with a Group Three win, two Listed and two thirds so she is a very hon­est mare,” co-trainer Mur­ray Baker said.

“We gave her a big show to­day as the track suited her with a bit of give in it.

“We’ll have a look at what’s next now, maybe a mile, but we’ll give it some thought in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

A $15,000 year­ling pur­chase, Tomelilla has now earned more than $200,000 in prize­money for her own­ers, Greg Jones and Baker’s wife Maryanne.

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Tomelilla and Matt Cameron cruise home at Pukekohe.

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