Pa­tience re­wards Auret’s long- time be­lief

Weekend Herald - - Racing - NZ Rac­ing Desk

Group one- win­ning trainer Fraser Auret has be­lieved for some time Match­breaker is a spe­cial tal­ent.

He hasn’t been in any rush with the three- year- old and the Mar­ton trainer’s wait­ing tac­tics were re­warded at Otaki yes­ter­day when the geld­ing im­pres­sively won the group three Lu­cia Valentina Welling­ton Stakes ( 1600m).

Match­breaker’s win­ning per­for­mance came off the back of a de­but sec­ond in Oc­to­ber and a month later he broke his maiden over 1400m.

“His first trial as a two- year- old was won by Hard Mer­chan­dize and Wal­dorf ran third,” said Auret, who has en­joyed past top- flight suc­cess with Julin­sky Prince and Aide Me­moire. “We were sec­ond. He’s just a beau­ti­ful horse go­ing for­ward. He has a lot of im­prove­ment to come.”

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