Winning is No Accident

Date: 15 Apr 2023

Winning is No Accident


Accidental Tourist (3 g Telperion - Megara, by Encosta de Lago) gave rivals a start and a beating in the $30,000 3YO 1400 metres on 14 April at Awapuni. 

Stakes' placed in the Wanganui Guineas (Listed, 1340m) following an easy fresh-up victory over 1200 metres earlier in the season, Accidental Tourist had produced two good thirds prior to beginning slowly and bucking in the Rating 65 1200 metres on 15 March at Matamata, but had since closed well for fourth in a trial on 21 March at Taupo.

Prior to the race, Te Akau's Racing Manager Reece Trumper said: “He's going very well and looks well placed in this race. 

“Obviously things went wrong last start, but he's trialled up nicely, drawn a nice gate (6), and Michael (McNab) gets on with him very well. 

“He placed in the Wanganui Guineas earlier in the season and he's got the form to win this type of race.”

Despite similar antics of beginning slowly, which resulted in settling five lengths adrift of the field, a no-panic ride by Michael McNab saw him attached inside the 800m and sustaining a big sprint in the straight to win.

He looked like a horse going places following his fresh-up win on heavy ground in August at Hawera, but quickening as he did on good ground adds another dimension to his promising future. 

On footing upgraded to Good4, in the race sponsored by Murray Free Contracting and Chris Gommans & Sons Contracting, Accidental Tourist ran 1400 metres in 1:22.5 and paid $12.90 & $3.60 on the NZ TAB tote.  

“It was an incredible performance today after missing the kick and they ran 1:22, so he's a galloper that's just getting stronger and more mature to put up a performance like that,” said trainer Mark Walker, on his way to establishing a new benchmark for wins this season after breaking the previous record (160) six days ago. 

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $80,000 at the 2021 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Westbury Stud, Accidental Tourist is owned by Shaw's Property Holdings (Johnny Schick) and thus raced in the Windsor Park Stud colours. 

From the first crop of beautifully bred young stallion Telperion (Street Cry), standing at Westbury Stud, Accidental Tourist is out of a mare by Champion Broodmare Sire Encosta de Lago that has also left stakes winner and twice Group Three placed Red Striker (Red Giant), and three-time winner Mega Bourbon (El Roca).

Grand-dam Make Me Strong (Danehill) was a very well bred mare that left 10 to race, including eight winners, and Te Akau experienced success with the family having trained stakes placed filly Dreamer (More Than Ready). 

“Johnny (Schick) was really keen on him as a yearling and we bought him together,” Ellis said.

“We had a couple in the stable by Telperion that we liked and he was a colt that walked well, was a lovely type, and the way he won today suggests that he is developing into a horse that will win more races.

“As owners it's hard to beat the Schick's as great people to train for. They're immersed in the racing industry, bring so much to it in the breeding and the racing arenas, as well as horse re-homing (Gina), and it's a pleasure to have a good horse in the stable for them.

“We've had a lot of fun racing horses with Windsor Park and we'll celebrate the win.

“We thought he was really good value at the sales, and you can't ask for more than having Encosta de Lago and Danehill as sires on the dam side.”

Accidental Tourist was strapped by Kohen Collett. 


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