Successful day out for breeder-owner

Alamer (Sam Collett) rocking punters at Ellerslie today.

Alamer (Sam Collett) rocking punters at Ellerslie today.

Auckland owner-breeder Tim Harrison enjoyed an outstanding day at Ellerslie today, but it could have been even better.

Harrison celebrated as the breeder and co-owner of first-race winner Castle Bee as well as the upset Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO winner Alamer and a victory in the closing event with Prince Of Passion would have completed a lucrative treble.

Trained at Cambridge by Roger Lang, Alamer was sent out at odds of nearly 60-1 but those closest to the filly were in a confident mood.

“We thought she was a 10-1 chance,” said Harrison. “She should have run third in the Soliloquy, but she got checked at the start. We didn’t need to put much on her and we had an all-up going on to Prince Of Passion, but he only ran third. The place was all right though.”

Alamer finished seventh in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes after a chequered run and she topped off her return to Ellerslie with a solid fifth at Tauranga.

“She’s good, but she’s only a little filly,” said Harrison. “She will be better in the autumn and we may put her out now, although the Eight Carat could be a possibility. I’ll speak to Roger and we’ll see what happens.”

Ridden by Samantha Collett, Alamer made the play out in front after flying the start and she held on strongly to beat Dukedom and Sultan of Swing.

Alamer’s stakes success could have a further financial spin-off for Harrison next year at Karaka where he will sell a half-brother by Tavistock through Wayne Larsen’s Te Runga Stud draft.

“Their mother Clerio won a Group Three in Europe and two Listed races,” he said.

– NZ Racing Desk.