Cham­bord won­der run over­comes ad­ver­sity

Weekend Herald - - Racing - NZ Rac­ing Desk

The tri­als and tribu­la­tions of Cham­bord form a lengthy list, but at Otaki he showed ex­actly what he is ca­pa­ble of when in­jury- free.

The seven- year- old over­came nu­mer­ous set­backs to win the fourth race of his ca­reer when he low­ered the colours of last sea­son’s cham­pion sprinter Start Won­der­ing in yes­ter­day’s Listed Fast­track In­sur­ance Levin Stakes ( 1200m).

Al­though he en­joyed a 7.5kg pull in the weights, Cham­bord’s ef­fort was nev­er­the­less full of merit.

“He broke down in his fi­nal gal­lop be­fore the Cou­p­land’s Mile three years ago, he shat­tered his can­non bone and we got him back from that,” said Jamie Richards, who trains the Zabeel geld­ing with Stephen Autridge.

“That wasn’t his only ma­jor in­jury ei­ther. He has had stress frac­tures high up in his back and lots of other bits and pieces, but he’s as sound now as he has ever been.

“He has been a great horse for the sta­ble and the own­ers have never moaned with all the things that have gone wrong.”

Richards said they would see how Cham­bord comes through his Otaki out­ing be­fore com­mit­ting to a sum­mer pro­gramme.

“We’re al­ways hop­ing he pulls up fine and he’s nom­i­nated for the Rail­way and the Tele­graph, but whether they may be a bit sharp for him we’re not sure.

“There’s a Listed race over 1400m at Te Rapa in a cou­ple of weeks and that could lead up to the Rich Hill Mile if we think he can stretch out to


Cham­bord sat three back on the rails be­fore he was an­gled into the clear in the straight by rider Cameron Lam­mas and they proved too good for a gal­lant Start Won­der­ing.

“We got a lovely run on the fence and when we came out I knew the sec­ond horse had a lot more weight so I bided my time a bit and then got him,” Lam­mas said.

Cam­bridge Stud will of­fer Cham­bord’s three- quar­ter brother by Sav­abeel ( Lot 392) dur­ing the Book 1 Sale at Karaka next month.

● Rock On’s lat­est suc­cess has earned him a trip north for a premier prize.

The five- year- old posted the fifth win of his ca­reer yes­ter­day when he out­stayed his ri­vals to win the Dun­stan Feeds Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fier ( 2300m) at Otaki.

“He’ll go to the Waikato Cup next and the 2400m on a big track will suit him,” trainer Gary Vile said.

Rock On was again tardily out of the gates be­fore he im­proved four wide 700m from home and he stayed on strongly in the run home to ac­count for Samp­son.

“I don’t know what to do about his bar­rier man­ners, but over 2400m and two miles it shouldn’t be so much of a prob­lem,” Vile said.

● The prog­eny of Rich Hill Stud stal­lion Shock­ing are on a roll.

He was rep­re­sented by Avon­dale win­ners For­mi­da­ble and Men­tal Telepa­thy on Thurs­day and at Otaki yes­ter­day he pro­duced an­other win­ning dou­ble that em­pha­sised the son of Street Cry’s ver­sa­til­ity.

Promis­ing stay­ing mare Sole­se­fei started the ball rolling with a strong stay­ing per­for­mance in the Sum­mer­set On The Coast Premier ( 2300m) be­fore Scan­dalo proved too slick for the Rat­ing 75 speed­sters in the Red Di­a­mond Ser­vices Premier ( 1200m).

Pic­ture / Race Images

Cham­bord ( No 4, left) downs champ sprinter Start Won­der­ing in yes­ter­day’s Listed Levin Stakes ( 1200m).

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