Tauranga Winning Treble - Win No.2 Entriviere

Date: 14 Oct 2020

Tauranga Winning Treble - Win No.2 Entriviere

It was fitting that a horse bred by Kevin & Kathleen Gray, Entriviere  (4 m Tavistock - Marcey's Belt, by Golan) gained further success in the $10,000 Betavet Rating 65 1300 metres on 14 October at Tauranga.

Gray, who with his wife has trained and bred horses, along with educating apprentices and stable-hands at Copper Belt Lodge in the Central Districts, was commemorated with the Contribution to Racing Award during the 2020 New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards, held on Sunday night.

Having been good through the trials' stage, she was a debut winner in the Maiden 1200 metres on 23 September at Matamata, when providing rider Danielle Johnson with her 900thwin. Entriviere had the respect of backers and she started a dominant $2.20 & $1.30 favourite on the NZ TAB tote. 

Stepping up in grade, rating an each way chance from barrier two, she was given a clinical ride by Johnson and streaked away inside the 200m for a stylish win. She probably had to get moving earlier than intended at the 600m when company to her outside forced the hand but in the end it mattered little.

On footing upgraded to Slow7 after race one, Entriviere covered the 1300 metres in 1:18.4, winning by four lengths while stable-mate Ginger Too (Iffraaj) resumed with a solid effort for third.

“It mapped well from the barrier (2) for her and she ended up getting a sweet trip, and it highlights the importance of good barriers,” said leading trainer Jamie Richards. “You waste no petrol from good gates, enabling good runs, and it's been working out well lately.

“Danielle (Johnson) is obviously riding in red-hot form and knows the mare well, having won on her last start.

“I was critical of myself after her debut win at Matamata, because she had a good blow afterwards and I thought 'she won't catch me out again being half-a-run short'. So, it was good to see her do that and it's never easy to go from a Maiden to a Rating 65, but she really quickened in well late and she's still got a fair bit of improvement to come. 

“She showed signs of greenness still, getting on the wrong leg around the corner, but it's all in front of her. We'll just take her along quietly, bring her home and keep an eye on her for a couple of days. 

“There are plenty of options for a nice mare like her. She's been given time to strengthen and she's a very good-looking daughter of Tavistock, with plenty of quality about her.”

Entriviere is from the family of triple Group 1 winner of the Cox Plate, Orr Stakes, and Yalumba Stakes, Maldivian (Zabeel). She is owned by the Te Akau Buckle Up Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM) and among the owners are Gary & Lorraine McDonnell, of Alexandra, parents of Leanne Richards, and grandparents of trainer Jamie Richards.

“Gee, that was impressive,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM, after watching the win by Entriviere. “Jamie (Richards) has really improved her between runs and it's never easy for a mare to win two in a row, stepping up in grade. 

“She won like an exciting horse and that looked like a future stakes' quality performance to me. 

“Karyn (Fenton-Ellis) was looking for a horse to syndicate and Jamie recommended this mare, said how well she was going, and since then she has won two trials and two races. It shows what a fantastic judge Jamie is.

“I'm thrilled for the owners that invested in her to have such an instant return.”

Entriviere was strapped by Hunter Durrant. 

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