Dressed for Success
14 Mar 2019
A copybook ride by Opie Bosson ensured the Coolmore Stud colours were carried to victory by Folk Dress (2 f Pierro – Gypsy Chimes, by Snow Ridge) at the South Waikato Racing Club meeting on 13 March at Matamata.
In training for Coolmore Australia, Folk Dress won her first trial well enough for trainer Jamie Richards to pursue the Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (Gr. 3, 1200m) on debut. Fighting hard for fourth, she then ran the fastest last 600m (33.6) getting home for second in the Maiden 2YO 1200 metres on 28 February at Pukekohe.
In the $10,000 Matley Financial Services Maiden 2YO 1200 metres, Bosson secured a lovely spot in third with cover, had Folk Dress ranging at will around the home, took over at the 200m and looked good in her action getting clear to win by one and three-quarter lengths.
“It was a lovely ride, as you come to expect from him,” Richards said. “That’s why he’s the best in the business and he gave her every chance. She quickened up nicely and she’s going the right way.
“We won this race last year with Handsome Rebel and he came out and ran fourth [to stable-mate Avantage] in the Sires’, so we’ll just wait and see what Opie says. There’s no rush with her and its lovely to have a good filly in training for Coolmore, and they’ll let us pick and choose where we want to go.
“She was a victim of circumstances at Taranaki, when caught in a speed dual and overdid things a bit. I think had she been ridden off the speed that day she might have quickened in, but she certainly improved at Pukekohe, and won nicely today so she’s a filly going the right way.”
On footing rated Dead4, Folk Dress ran the 1200 metres in 1:12.2, last 600m in 36.4, and hotly supported in betting she paid $1.60 on the NZ TAB tote.
“She’s always been a top quality filly and her trial was really good,” Bosson said. “Her first two starts were spot on, so she was close to winning today.
“We wanted to teach her something, get her breathing properly and finished off nicely. She had a bit of a loaf the last bit, still learning and onwards and upwards.”
Coolmore New Zealand Representative Gordon Calder said: “Thank you to the South Waikato Racing Club, it’s good to see all the people here from Tokoroa, and they always add a buzz to this meeting.
“Coolmore and Te Akau have a long relationship. They’ve bought some nice horses off us and just a shame In A Twinkling didn’t get up and win the Derby recently. Coolmore has always had a horse in training with Te Akau. Paulownia and before her Love Triangle, two fillies with ability, and this filly looks in the same mould.”
Coolmore stallion Pierro (Lonhro), Champion First & Second Season Sire, has already left an Australian Derby and VRC Oaks winner. The quintessential racehorse, he only ever ran in stakes races, winning 11 of his 14 starts. The unbeaten Triple Crown winner as a two-year-old amassed $4.5 million and already had yearling progeny reach $1.5m in the sales ring.
The filly carries a Mr. Prospector cross, through Straight Strike on the dam side of Lonhro, and the dam side of dam sire Snow Ridge (Tabasco Cat).
“It’s always a huge thrill to train a winner for Tom Magnier and Coolmore, and we were thrilled when they chose Te Akau to train this lovely Pierro filly,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “It shows they recognize the stable is doing a good job and winning races for them certainly gives us a charge.
“She’d shown promise from day one when we broke her in at Te Akau Stud. It’s great for her to have registered a win at just her third start and now gives us a few options on what she does for the remainder of her two-year-old season.”
Following consecutive Group Ones (Yourdeel & Melody Belle) for the stable on Auckland Cup Day at Ellerslie, Ellis was pleased to see the roll continue while also providing the eighth two-year-old winner for the season.
“I’m not sure any trainer has won back-to-back Group One wins in the history of New Zealand racing,” he said. “Certainly not in the fifty years that I’ve been following the sport. The closest I can remember was Eric Ropiha when Silver Liner won the Railway Handicap and I think Harp ran second in the Auckland Cup.
“It was a great achievement by Jamie (Richards) and for the week that’s followed we’ve been selling lots of shares in yearlings, and it’s great to get another individual two-year-old winner.
“It’s a busy week because we’ve got horses racing on Friday at Te Aroha, runners on Saturday in Sydney, and of course two really good chances on Saturday in the New Zealand Oaks at Trentham.
“Obviously Jamie is doing a fantastic job, but everyone from the top to the bottom is pulling their weight and making it a vintage season for Te Akau.
“Also, Mark Walker is doing a great job leading the premiership in Singapore. His stable is going really well too, so both stables are having fantastic seasons.”
Folk Dress was strapped by Joe Kamaruddin.
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