Class performances on Travis Stakes Day

The Cambridge Jockey Club’s Travis Stakes Day lived up to expectations with exciting finishes and too-class performances.

The Cambridge region had a connection to the first four home in the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes with victory going to Rasa Lila, who is trained at Maungatautari (on the outskirts of Cambridge) by Steven and Julia Ramsay and owned and bred by Sir Peter Vela,  owner of Pencarrow Stud.

Chasing Rasa Lila home was last year’s winner, Abidewithme, ridden by Cambridge jockey Michael McNab and bred and owned by Sir Patrick Hogan, while the next two placings were filled by horses prepared at the Cambridge centre, Gesemi (Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman) and Thee Auld Floozie (Stephen Marsh).

The other feature event on the card, the Gr. 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes, saw dual Group One winner Xtravagent, ridden by Matt Cameron, live up to expectations when beating South Island visitor First Serve and Volks Lightning. It was Xtravagent’s second notable win at Te Rapa, following on from his Gr. 1 NRM Sprint victory last February.

Cambridge stables enjoyed success with the Lee Somervell-trained Silhouette Noir, a former South Island mare ridden by Cambridge jockey Trudy Thornton, and Lanciato, prepared by Stephen Marsh. Both won in good fashion suggesting there is more in store.