5 Win Wednesday – Win 3 Baronet Boom
21 Sep 2022
Notching a hat-trick on the local programme for Te Akau Racing, Baronet (3 g Contributer – Alpha Dame, by O’Reilly) recorded a promising debut victory in the $14,000 Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 21 September at Matamata.
From a hardy family, including four time Group One winner Volkstok’n’barrell (Tavistock), Baronet sustained a strong gallop for second at the trials on 6 September at Tauranga, and appeared capable of a bold performance fresh-up.
Doing everything right, Baronet raced outside the leader before gaining ascendency in the straight and he drew out to win well.
“He showed a good kick,” said jockey Craig Grylls. “It was a great win after sitting outside the leader and he’s got a bit of class about him.”
On Heavy10 footing, Baronet ran 1200 metres in 1:16.6, last 600m in 38.1, and paid $7.80 & $3.40 on the NZ TAB tote while word was out that some owners got $9.00 fixed odds.
On course from Palmerston North to witness the victory, Barry & Alice Goodwin were keeping a good thing going after celebrating their success with stable-mate Fashion Shoot (Savabeel) on Sunday at Te Rapa.
Owned by Te Akau Alpha Lord Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn-Fenton Ellis MNZM), Baronet was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $135,000 at the Karaka 2021 Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Mapperley Stud.
“He’s out a nice young mare by Champion sire O’Reilly and from a really good family of Mapperley Stud,” Ellis said.
“We have been very impressed by the progeny of Contributer and have some talented individuals by him in the stable.
“He is a really good sort, medium-sized, correct, and walks well. There is quite a bit of speed in the family, but we think he has the scope to train on over more ground.”
Trainer Mark Walker said: “It was a nice win today and I think he’ll be a big improver on better ground and over more distance. He’s a nice horse going forward.”
Baronet was strapped by Kohen Collett.
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