Au­gust Edi­tion upsets in Cup

The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST -

The hus­band and wife train­ing part­ner­ship of Shaun and Emma Clot­wor­thy caught their ri­vals un­aware when they pro­duced Au­gust Edi­tion to win the Collinson Forex Karaka Cup (2200m) at out­side odds on Sun­day.

More known as win­ter per­former when the tracks are at their deep­est, the Alam­osa mare had shown she could per­form on a bet­ter sur­face when suc­cess­ful at Eller­slie two starts ago.

The five-year-old fol­lowed that up with a highly cred­itable per­for­mance for sixth in the Dun­stan Feeds Stay­ers Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal on New Year’s Day be­fore tack­ling the fea­ture event at Eller­slie.

Set­tled nicely in mid­field by Rosie My­ers, Au­gust Edi­tion re­laxed nicely be­fore im­prov­ing into a chal­leng­ing po­si­tion be­hind the lead­ers at the 600m mark.

The mare fol­lowed Top Prospect through a gap on the in­side shortly af­ter straight­en­ing to is­sue her chal­lenge be­fore out­stay­ing her ri­val in the run to the post.

Top Prospect held sec­ond in a driv­ing fin­ish with race favourite Charles Road third af­ter rac­ing a touch er­rat­i­cally in the home straight.

‘‘She kind of sur­prised us three runs back and ran the dis­tance and liked the harder track which was some­thing we didn’t think she would do,’’ said Emma Clot­wor­thy.

‘‘We thought she might like the firmer track again and her work with sta­ble­mate Diesel was very good, so she de­served a shot at this.

‘‘It tends to be one day at a time with her so it’s great for the own­ers as it has taken a lot of hard work to get her here. I’m just rapt that today she could pull it off.’’

The vic­tory con­tin­ues a win­ning role for the By­er­ley Park con­di­tion­ers who pro­duced Diesel to win the $100,000 Dun­stan Feeds Stay­ers Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal (2200m) on 1 Jan­uary.

Mean­while laid-back char­ac­ter Xbox proved he was wide awake and on the job when he up­set pre­dic­tions at Eller­slie.

The three-year-old Ni­a­gara geld­ing has a sta­ble rep­u­ta­tion for tak­ing life at his own pace at home but once he sights a race­track the com­pet­i­tive juices come to the fore.

‘‘A cou­ple of the staff have said to me that they thought he was sick be­cause he was asleep in his box,’’ said trainer Gra­ham Richard­son.

‘‘That’s sleep.

De­spite fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Spring Heat two starts ago in the Gr. 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m), Xbox was only mod­er­ately favoured for Sun­day’s 1500m con­test with Gr. 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas placeget­ter Ev­ery Loyal sent out a dom­i­nat­ing favourite. all he does at home,

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