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Image of You Shines at Te Rapa

20 Nov 2021

Image of You Shines at Te Rapa

 

After winning the 2YO stakes’ race aboard stable-mate Bright Blue Sky (Fastnet Rock), Opie Bosson remained in the zone when guiding Image of You (4 m Pins – Exactly Like You, by Savabeel) to victory in $55,000 Herbie Dyke Rating 65 1600 metres at Counties Racing Club meeting on Saturday at Te Rapa.

Since scoring at her third start, when resuming with strong victory and running the fastest 600m (34.7) in a Maiden 1300 metres on 6 October at Taupo, Image of You has been a model of consistency and extended her record to two wins and three seconds from six starts for Te Akau Mirror Image Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

Up in grade, she finished second in Rating 65 1400 metres on 23 October at Matamata, made up plenty for second in Rating 65 1400 metres on 6 November at Te Rapa, and rewarded after Bosson was able to negate an awkward draw (9).

From three wide in midfield, Image of You tracked up widest entering the straight and had the clout to overpower talented galloper Deep Beauty (Deep Field).

“We had to make quite a big run around them and it was a good effort in the end,” Bosson said. “She’s just got better and better with a bit of time, strengthened up a bit, and she’s a nice mare to follow.”

On footing upgraded to Good3 after race three, Image of You ran 1600 metres in 1:35.6, and tightened in betting from $5.00 & $2.00 fixed to pay $3.90 & $1.80 on NZ TAB tote.

“It was a good stake and good winning performance,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “She’s a mare that’s needed time to mature and thank you to the owners for being so patient. She’s a filly with a big frame but is really getting there now.

“She didn’t have a lot of luck in running, three deep, came widest of all and found a really good kick.

“The Stella Artois race on Boxing Day is one to think about, and Mai Tai came off a similar sort of Rating 65 win, so that might be something to look at for her.

“There are plenty of options. She’s done a bit of racing, three runs in last six weeks, and is doing a good job to hold her form. All credit to the team at the Middle Barn, where Bright Blue Sky is also stabled, with Nicole Shailer and everyone there.

“The team is starting to fire up and hopefully we can carry on.”

Richards said Image of You could prepare for $90,000 Stella Artois Final (Special Conditions, 1500m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, won last year by stable-mate and subsequent Anzac Mile (Listed, 1550m) winner Mai Tai (Atlante).

Image of You was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $300,000 at 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from draft of Waikato Stud, out of young mare by six-time Champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel), her grand-dam Glitzy (O’Reilly) was a stakes winner among nine victories from 1200m – 1400m.

By Champion sire Pins (Snippet), sire of 19 Group 1 winners, 136 stakes’ winners, among over 2600 wins, he was a phenomenal attribute to Waikato Stud and the New Zealand breeding industry.

Pins was twice the NZ leading stallion for global progeny earnings and is the sire of the incredible galloper Ambitious Dragon. Ambitious Dragon won 13 races, including six Group Ones, the equivalent of NZ$10.9 million in prize money and was twice named Hong Kong Horse of the Year.

“Not many can sit three wide like that and still win, so I thought it was a terrific effort,” Ellis said.

“The owners have been patient and both Karyn and I are thrilled that their patience is being rewarded.

“I bought this filly from Waikato Stud and our policy is such that if they need time to grow and develop into their frame then we’re happy to give it to them.

“Pins is a fantastic sire, and now broodmare sire. I was with Garry Chittick the night he bought Pins and we went out for dinner in Sydney to celebrate. He’s been an incredible purchase.

“The stake money of $55,000 for a Rating 65 benchmark is tremendous and a credit to the Auckland Turf Club consortium. I’d also like to congratulate Waikato Racing Club for putting on the meeting at relatively short notice. It’s a great example of how people in racing work together and we’re thrilled with the increase in stakes that the amalgamation of the Auckland and Counties’ Clubs has brought about.”

Image of You was strapped by Libby Richards.

Photo credit – www.raceimages.co.nz

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