Weekend Winning Continues

Date: 7 Sep 2020

Weekend Winning Continues

After winning both stakes' races on Saturday at Te Rapa, Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards got the Southern team rolling in his old home town (Mosgiel) when Equinox  (4 g Exceed and Excel - Our Ella Belle, by Encosta De Lago) won the $30,000 Rating 93 1200 metres on Sunday at Wingatui.

Richards currently has 12 horses stabled at Riccarton, in the care of his father and stable foreman Paul Richards, and the win by Equinox helped ease the nostril defeat of Phantom Witness (Star Witness) on Friday at Timaru, one of seven seconds for the trainer in the past fortnight. 

Ridden by Samantha Wynne, who also rode Phantom Witness, Equinox raced keenly amongst a clump of runners on pace before steadying three back on the inner and he wore the leader down after getting clear at the 200m.

Although suited to firmer ground, but with ability to act fresh,he coped on the Slow8 footing to record his fourth win for the Te Akau 2018 Colt Breeding Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). 

The rightful favourite, returning $3.70 & $1.60 on the TAB tote, Equinox clocked 1:14.9 for 1200 metres in the race sponsored by Meenans by Liquorland. 

“It was a good tough win from the horse,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “We sent him down to local trainer Terry Kennedy yesterday and he's given us a wonderful hand over the past couple of seasons when we've had runners in Otago and Southland. 

“It was good to see Equinox win on a feature day. He's a horse that has always promised a lot, but just needs everything to go his way on the day. We will keep him ticking over and ideally end up in a better class of race during the Cup Carnival in November at Riccarton.”

Purchased as a yearling by David Ellis CNZM, from the draft of Pencarrow Stud, at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, Equinox is out of high-class race mare Our Ella Belle, a Group 3 winner of four races that also placed in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m). The family has been nurtured by Pencarrow since (Sir) Peter and the late Philip Vela bought her fourth dam, Heidi Belle (Copenhagen 11).

“I was pleased for the owners that he won a $30,000 race fresh-up in the South Island, and he should continue to have a good spring campaign,” Ellis said. “While he may not have reached the lofty heights intended, as yet, he's a horse with a good temperament that has continued to strengthen and mature and the trip away to the South Island could be the making of him.

“Mark Walker trained the mother of Equinox, Our Ella Belle, and she was unlucky not to win the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton, when she was ridden by James McDonald. It's a very good family.”


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