Te Akau Wins Half Taupo Card

Date: 30 Dec 2019

Te Akau Wins Half Taupo Card

In a remarkable 'day at the office', Te Akau New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards and the team swept through the Taupo races, claiming four of the eight events on the programme - the first being a stylish win by Willpower for Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson ...

Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson was seen at his best when winning aboard Willpower  (4 g Power - The Lady, by Stravinsky) in the $10,000 Kinloch Trophy Rating 65 1200 metres on 30 December at Taupo.

Fresh-up after quickening into third behind Group One winning stable-mate Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock) when trialling on 10 December at Avondale, having won his Maiden over 1200 metres in April at Matamata, Willpower was given a great ride by the NZ record holder for Group One victories.

Out well from barrier five before easing to three back on the inner, Bosson had horse beneath him approaching the home turn and after sweating on a run until the 150m he proceeded to lift once clear over the concluding stages.

“Jamie (Richards) said to get him cover and hold up for a long as you can and even when he hit the front he had a bit of a look,” Bosson said. “On his day, he can gallop.” 

On Good3 footing, Willpower ran the 1200 metres in 1:12.3 and returned $4.60 & $1.90 on the TAB tote. “The track is perfect, has a nice bit of cushion, not too hard, and should suit most,” Bosson added.

Trainer Jamie Richards had taken heed of rider advice when Troy Harris reported that Willpower was unable to quicken on slow ground in September at Te Rapa, and a patient approach has now seen him win twice, with two seconds, from nine starts. 

“His work had been good at home and it was a peach of a ride from Opie (Bosson),” said stable foreman Paul Richards. “That's the secret to him. You've got to get some cover and he rode him for luck and got it, fortunately. 

“He's going the right way. Being a Power, he can get a bit hot but he was pretty relaxed today and got the job done.”

Purchased by David Ellis at Karaka, for the Te Akau 2017 Te Akau Breeding Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Willpower has a beautiful pedigree. His second dam, Lady Dehere (Dehere), was an outstanding two-year-old that finished Second Top Filly in her juvenile season, and first dam The Lady was a dual stakes' winning two-year-old of the Murdoch Newell Stakes and Fairview Ford Stakes, both over 1100 metres.

“It was a good effort by Jamie (Richards) to have this horse ready to win fresh-up,” Ellis said. “He said to me in September that he'd like to ease up on him and wait for the tracks to improve and he's been dead right.

“The family seem to have all liked decent ground and the way he won, with a good sprint, should make him competitive up in grade.”

Willpower was strapped by Sarah West and Mallesh Saddari.

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