Chequers brothers celebrate Ulysses’ win

Ulysses and Trudy Thornton proving too strong at Ellerslie yesterday.

Ulysses and Trudy Thornton proving too strong at Ellerslie yesterday.

Cambridge brothers Mark Fraser-Campin and Chris Campin picked a good race to break through for their first win of the season.

The Chequers Stud horsemen have been quiet on the racing front and have only had three raceday starters so far this term with Ulysses, the best-performed of the trio. And it was Ulysses who delivered the goods at Ellerslie yesterday.

The four-year-old had gradually improved with each of his previous five starts and after seconds behind Symphonic at Te Rapa and Masu at Ruakaka in his two runs this term, his trainers lifted their sights with their home-bred son of Battle Paint.

From contesting $7000 maiden races, Ulysses was put in the $30,000 Tattico Maiden yesterday and picked up the $18,000 first prize.

Ulysses dwelt at the start but was soon given a gun run in the trail to the home turn by Trudy Thornton, fresh from her 1000th win at Tauranga last weekend.

Though held up on straightening for the run home, Ulysses got a clear passage 250 metres out and burst through to win by a neck from the solid-finishing Kamikaze Rebel.

The performance suggests there is more in store for Ulysses, who has already won more prizemoney than her dam, Blazing Bridles.

An Australian-bred Unbridled’s Song mare, Blazing Bridles won a maiden at Kembla Grange in New South Wales before coming to New Zealand and winning on the West Coast. But she has done much better as a broodmare.

Ulysses became Blazing Bridles fourth winner from as many starters. The first, and best, was Geeza, whose four wins included the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes, while Stardom has won three races in Australia and Indicio five in Singapore.

Ulysses is also closely related to the stakeswinners Glamorous Girl (Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes, 2nd Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic) and So Elusive (Listed CJC Pegasus Stakes).