Heels proves real deal

Deals in Heels scores first stakes suc­cess at last

Herald on Sunday - - RACING -

If ever a horse de­served to break through at stakes level, it is tal­ented mare Deals In Heels. Placed on three oc­ca­sions in black-type events, the Emma Evans bred and owned five-year-old fi­nally cracked it in top com­pany when she took out the Listed Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup (1600m) yes­ter­day.

Trained by Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man, Deals In Heels was back­ing up from an un­lucky run at Hast­ings last week where she was badly ham­pered in the home straight in a race won by ris­ing tal­ent, Te Akau Shark.

Luck was back on her side this time around as she en­joyed a trou­ble-free run through­out in the hands of reg­u­lar rider Matthew Cameron.

Cameron bounced the mare out well from an in­side bar­rier to set­tle on the fence in a for­ward po­si­tion.

An­gled off the rail ap­proach­ing the home cor­ner, Deals In Heels sprinted quickly to hit the front be­fore fend­ing off the chal­lenge of the well-favoured De­mon­e­ti­za­tion with lo­cal run­ner Our King Sway fin­ish­ing in third.

The vic­tory vin­di­cated the de­ci­sion made by her train­ers to run the mare at Mata­mata as op­posed to trekking to the Cen­tral Dis­tricts for an al­ter­na­tive black-type con­test.

“When we got her back from Hast­ings she was buck­ing and squeal­ing when we took her out to the train­ing track on Mon­day morn­ing,” An­drew Fors­man said.

“She came through her race well so we had to make a de­ci­sion about go­ing to Mata­mata or tack­ling the Breed­ers’ Stakes at Haw­era.

“In the end, we chose the Mata­mata op­tion as it meant she didn’t have to make the long trek to the Cen­tral Dis­tricts two weeks in a row.”

For­tune also favoured the If­fraaj mare when she drew well in bar­rier two be­fore sub­stan­tial rain on Fri­day pro­duced a slow8 track sur­face.

“She had a good gate and that rain was just per­fect for her,” Fors­man said. “Matt rode her well and it re­ally was a top ef­fort when you con­sider she was car­ry­ing 58.5kg and giv­ing weight to some very promis­ing gal­lop­ers. She has been knock­ing on the door of a stakes win so she de­served it.

“We will play it by ear now as to where she goes next. As long as there is some rain around and give in the tracks she will be well suited as she has had a brief freshen-up af­ter a tax­ing win­ter so there should be a few runs left in her yet.”

De­mon­e­ti­za­tion caught the eye when bat­tling on bravely to fin­ish run­ner-up in his sec­ond start back from an in­jury en­forced spell.

Race favourite Sher­rif also im­pressed when charg­ing home late for fifth.

Photo / Trish Dunell

Deals In Heels holds out De­mon­e­ti­za­tion to score her first win at black type level.

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