Prise De Fer Hat-Trick

Date: 7 Dec 2019

Prise De Fer Hat-Trick

Formulating a very good record, Prise De Fer ( 4 g Savabeel - Foiled, by Snippets) notched a hat-trick in the $35,000 Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier (Rating 82, 1500 metres) on Saturday at Ellerslie.

After winning in October at Te Teko and November at Pukekohe, trainer Jamie Richards elected to give the horse time (35 days) between runs, with a view that victory could steer a path towards the $100,000 Rich Hill Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m) on 1 January at Ellerslie.

Earlier in the season, options included the possibility of heading south for the Coupland's Mile (Gr. 2, 1600m) at Riccarton, but patience has proved a virtue and been rewarded with terrific winning performances and the prospect of contesting a highly sought after mile at Ellerslie. 

“I think he's really starting to come of age now and we will leave the door open for the Rich Hill Mile,” Richards said.

“On The Rocks came through this race last year, dropped down to 52 (kilos) New Year's Day and obviously won, so like Savy Yong Blonk there are the two options for him. 

“He was still very immature as a three-year-old, but he's getting there now. I really like him and he's a horse with a good future. He's another horse that Dave (Ellis) bought from Karaka. Not overly expensive, but we've got some good owners in him and, gee, we're having a run with these Savabeel's.

“He had a typical three-year-old preparation last year. The money was up and you have to have a crack. He went to the Derby, trying to make him stay, but probably a mile and 2000 metres is best as a four-year-old. By the time he got to the Derby he was starting to leave a bit of feed and all of those sorts of things. I think he's coming of age, now he's a slightly older horse.”

Ridden by Shaun McKay, Prise De Fer found an ideal position, seventh, on a solid tempo and although standing the leader five lengths at the 600m was travelling sweetly. Drawn widest on straightening, he extended beautifully when asked for his best and had the opposition well and truly covered inside the furlong. 

Bringing course form last season in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Listed, 1600m), Avondale Guineas (Gr. 2, 2100m), and NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m), and sporting back-to-back wins, Prise De Fer started a loose favourite ($3.50 & $1.70), running the 1500 metres in 1:29.2, last 600m in 33.9, and winning by one and three-quarter lengths. 

Owned by the Te Akau En Guarde Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was purchased by David Ellis for $100,000, from the draft of Trelawney Stud, at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale. 

“We seem to have really good success with the progeny of Savabeel and this horse is now starting to shape as the type to win Group races,” Ellis said. “It looks like he'll have his next start in the Rich Hill Mile, where he'll come in on the minimum (52kgs), and he's a pretty exciting horse in the making. 

“He's a horse I bought from Raffles Farm, prepared by Trelawney Stud, and we've had so much success with horses we've bought from their drafts. Brent and Cherry Taylor do an amazing job with the horses they prepare for the sales and I think this bloke is a talented horse who has needed time. 

“It's been a great week for the stable with Jamie training six winners and he now leads the Trainers' Premiership with 44 wins for the season at a strike rate of 5.6. This is the time of year to make hay and when the tracks become consistently good our horses should continue to race well.”

Prise De Fer was strapped by Kate Belsham.

“Kate is doing an absolutely fantastic job working for us,” Ellis said. “She's a very capable young lady and we think the world of her. She comes from a racing family and is just top-class. She's getting new owners for us, does our instagram and photography, but also has time to look after horses like Prise De Fer and In A Twinkling. There's not much she can't do and she is a highly valued member of the team.”

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