Cambridge stables take half the card

Matt Cameron getting the best out of Trudeau to start the ball rolling for Cambridge stables at Matamata yesterday.

Matt Cameron getting the best out of Trudeau to start the ball rolling for Cambridge stables at Matamata yesterday.

The Cambridge centre unleashed a few very promising gallopers when winning half the eight-race programme at Matamata yesterday.

Cambridge book-ended the day when winning the first race, the Team Wealleans 1400, with the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Trudeau, and the final event, the NZI Insurance Pearl Series 1400 with Voleuse, from Gary Alton’s stable. In fact Cambridge dominated the first three races on the card.

Following on from Trudeau’s win, the promising Joyfilly earned a crack at the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes when winning the second event, the Retox Sports Bar & Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club 1200, for Cambridge trainer Chris Wood, and Andado, from Stephen Marsh’s barn, was an even more decisive winner of the third race, the Tokoroa Club 1200.

Trudeau’s win was a bonus result for Baker, as he shares in the ownership of the Pins three-year-old with his wife, Marianne, along with five stable clients.

“The owners have had to be patient,” said Forsman after yesterday’s win. “He’s had a few niggling issues all the way through. That patience has been rewarded today.”

Trudeau was given six trials before he went to the races and his best result was a third. He finished among the tailenders on debut at Te Aroha last November then showed vast improvement to finish second in his next start, beaten a head by Fortius at Tauranga 15 days later.

Trudeau again was runner-up in his third start, beaten by Justacanta at Te Rapa, but then disappointed when stepped up to 1600 metres at Te Aroha. He finished 10th that day after being under pressure on the home turn.

“Right-handed in amongst horses, he wasn’t that comfortable and didn’t hit out,” said Forsman explaining the Te Aroha failure.

“We were left scratching our heads. It was a disappointing effort but he just had to forgive him.”

Matt Cameron was again aboard yesterday and he was given clear riding instructions – “keep him out of trouble and ride him positively.” And that’s exactly what Cameron did.

Trudeau was soon tracking the leader on the outside and, though he looked flat on straightening, he wound up and got the better of the leader, Lady Amadeus, inside the 100 metres to run and won by three-quarters of a length.

“It’s good to see him do that because 1400 is a little bit sharp for him,” said Forsman. “He had to be niggled at, but was strong at the line.”

Voleuse (Kelly McCulloch) clearing maiden ranks in good style at Matamata yesterday.

Voleuse (Kelly McCulloch) clearing maiden ranks in good style at Matamata yesterday.

Like the Trudeau camp, Alton has also had to be patient with his winner, Voleuse. The three-year-old Denman filly was having her eighth start when she cleared maiden ranks yesterday.

She had won the second of her trials last June on a heavy11 track at Te Awamutu and looked likely to soon win a maiden race after following up with a debut fourth at Te Aroha then a second, albeit distant, behind Mongolianlightning, in her two juvenile starts.

Put aside for a spell, she resumed last October at Avondale when 10th and was again soundly beaten in her second-up run, when eighth at Pukekohe.

Voleuse gave Alton a glimmer of hope when third behind two promising types, Date Night and Rube Bridges, at Ellerslie last December, but then ran only seventh at Matamata a month later and sixth of 11 at Avondale.

However, Voleuse stepped up to the mark in fine style yesterday and finished strongly to win by a length and a half in the hands of Kelly McCulloch. Left chasing her home in second spot was the Marsh-trained Repeat.