MELBOURNE IN THE MIX FOR GROUP WINNER
Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker are going to be spoiled for choice in the new season with their multiple stakes winner Volpe Veloce.
The high-class daughter of Foxwedge is in the early stages of a new preparation after spelling particularly well.
MARE IN TOP FORM FOR CUP CHALLENGE
Lightly-tried with three victories from her 12 starts, she is primed for another bold showing in Saturday's Listed Winning Edge Presentations Hawke's Bay Gold Cup.
"She's still got a bit of maturing to do mentally, but it's worth a crack before the tracks really pack up and she goes out," co-trainer Graham Richardson said. "Lisa Allpress will ride her."
NEW PARTNERSHIP OFF TO A FLYING START
In a hit and run raid on the premier meeting Parker was on hand to accept congratulations for the victory with Richardson content to watch on from his home base at Matamata.
New Training Partnership for Richardson
Richardson, whose training career started in partnership with Mike Moroney, has advised he will be taking Gavin Parker into a training partnership at Richardson Racing Stables.
"I've known Parksey for years and know his experience," Richardson said. "He has been working for me since last November and he's a very knowledgeable and talented horseman."
Babe and Secret Stash for Guineas
Babe and Secret Stash will start in the event. Babe finished first and Secret Stash was a nose and a short head away third when clashing in the three-year-old event at Matamata last Saturday.
Also taking on a feature race the same day will be Strada Cavallo, who will contest the Gr.3 Wentworth Grange Cuddle Stakes.
"You can forget she went around at Matamata last Saturday," Richardson said. "She had no hope from back there the way the race was run."
Timely return to form for promising filly
Unsighted in the winner's circle since a confident victory on debut last August, the O'Reilly filly finally put it all together to snatch a narrow but deserved win on her home track when she triumphed in a driving finish to the Vadamos at Rich Hill 1400 at Matamata.
Trainer Graham Richardson, who also produced third placegetter Secret Stash, cut a relieved figure as he accepted congratulations after the race.
Well-performed mare ready for Ellerslie
"She's doing well and she's going to run in the open 1500 at Ellerslie," Matamata trainer Graham Richardson said.
Last season's New Zealand Oaks placegetter bounced back to winning form at Pukekohe Park last time out.
Richardson has the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha on April 8 as her likely autumn target.
‘Volpe’ Thrills in Karaka 3YO Mile
"She was unbeaten coming into this and this was her toughest test," hoop Michael Coleman told www.nzb.co.nz. "She had to be good to win today.
Top filly's winning roll continues
The glamour filly produced a Boxing Day special for trainer Graham Richardson, who rated the win as one of the more satisfying of his career.
"I hid away in the jockeys' room and watched it by myself," he said. "I'm absolutely stoked for her and my owners. It's a big thrill, just fantastic."
Richardson racks up the miles during a winning weekend
Hopefully trainer Graham Richardson has a comfortable seat and some good tunes on the stereo in his motor vehicle after spending most of the weekend travelling between racing venues.
Richardson made the nine hour return trip to Palmerston North from his Matamata base on Saturday to be with his stable runners at Awapuni. He was well rewarded when the team racked up a winning treble through the deeds of Wildflower, Pure Lorde and unbeaten filly Volpe Veloce.
Group targets await undefeated Volpe Veloce
The quality filly stretched her unbeaten sequence to four, and her second consecutive success at Tauranga, when she produced a commanding performance to triumph in the Mainfreight Transport Tauranga 3YO.
Trainer's luck finally turns with smart filly
Graham Richardson can finally take a confident look forward with his quality filly Volpe Veloce after she belatedly opened her three-year-old career in style at Tauranga.The Matamata trainer had a smile back on his face after her successful return in the Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant 1200 on Saturday.
"Sometimes with fillies everything can go wrong and it pretty much did," Richardson said.
Quality filly delivers for proud trainer
"There's a lot of loyal owners who stuck by me with this filly so I'm absolutely chuffed," the Matamata trainer said.
"I don't like getting carried and I'll let her do the talking – it was a big thrill. She's pretty smart."
EPROUVEZ FAN CLUB GIVEN PLENTY TO CHEER ABOUT
The Matamata horseman wasn't short of company after the $17,000 Karaka purchase was successful in the opening event on Saturday's card, the Hamilton Caterers at Te Rapa 1200.
"It's a great result after we bought this horse for the His Syndicate to get people into racing who didn't think they could afford it," Richardson said.