Two Stakes' Win Saturday - Perfect Scenario Perfect Indeed

Date: 5 Feb 2023

Two Stakes' Win Saturday - Perfect Scenario Perfect Indeed


From last, Perfect Scenario (5 g Iffraaj - Rosetti Bay, by Pins) was a huge winner in the $100,000 White Robe Lodge (Gr. 3, 1600m) on Saturday at Wingatui.

After finishing second earlier on the programme with Romancing the Moon (El Roca) in the Dunedin Guineas (Listed, 1500m), the stable was looking to go one better and the up-and-comer delivered in style.

Placed in the Waikato Guineas (Gr. 2, 2000m) at three, Perfect Scenario had charged home to win the Coupland's Bakeries Mile Prelude (Open, 1400m), before a notable fifth in the Coupland's Bakeries Mile (Gr. 3, 1600m) during Cup Week at Riccarton, and returned to the scene with a noteworthy effort for third in the Timaru Stakes (Listed, 1400m) last Saturday.

It was slick thinking by trainer Mark Walker to plan all the polish required to win a week later.

With Te Akau apprentice Joe Kamaruddin aboard, notching his sixth stakes' success, Perfect Scenario received a saloon passage near the rail turning for home and again displayed the scintillating type of finish he has produced previously.

Scoring by three and a quarter lengths on Good4 footing, Perfect Scenario ran 1600 metres in a slick 1:34.2 and drifted in betting to pay $8.50 & $2.30 on NZ TAB tote. 

“It was great win and a lovely ride of Joe's, saving all the ground and then came out into better going up the straight.” said nine-time Champion Trainer Mark Walker, after his 23rd stakes' win this season. 

“He's really come of age this season, winning at weight-for-age now, so we'll give him a shot at bigger and better things.”

By high-quality stallion Iffraaj (Zafonic), his dam Rosetti Bay (Pins) was an impressive Group Three winner and multiple Group placed mare that won eight races and already left very good stakes' winning mare Queen's Rose (O'Reilly) who also won eight times. 

He was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $165,000 at 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Woburn Farm, for owners in the Te Akau Perfection Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

Rosetti Bay was a really good race mare, with class and quality and, similarly, she too displayed a great turn of foot. Perfect Scenario has been sparingly raced to win seven times and continues his career best form. 

“It was a really good no panic ride by Joe (Kamaruddin), to sit back and save all that ground on the inner,” Ellis said.

“You take these chances in stakes' races and sometimes you won't get the gaps, but it opened up beautifully.

“Joe rode him last Saturday in the Timaru Stakes and thought he'd improve for his third and true to his word, he put in a great performance. 

“He's matured into a really good horse this season, winning three times, and he's proved up to the best now.

“He was bred by Liz Pollard and Gloria Graydon and they're a couple of really good breeders from Te Awamutu, and Liz's father, Joe Pollard, was also a good breeder.

“It's an exciting time of year with the yearling sales just completed and all the racing to come, and I'd especially like to thank all the team at the stables and farm for their hard work.

“With the backlog in racing, we've got meetings for five days in a row at present and it's all hands on deck.

“It's also fantastic for the owners that have invested in these horses and we're just so thrilled for them all.”

Perfect Scenario was strapped by Katija Cherie.


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