Another Star Unleashed

The Roger James stable unleashed another potential star filly at Ellerslie last Saturday.
Following the success this season of outstanding filly Silent Achiever, James produced Misstrum for an impressive win.
Misstrum, an Australian bred filly by Stratum, created a huge impression when winning the Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes over 1400m.
The two year old filly charged home from back in the field to score from race favourite About Square by a neck.
Third, one and three quarters of a length away, was another local filly, Twilight Granita.
Misstrum gained valuable black type with her maiden victory at just her third start.
And she could not have been more impressive.
Ridden by Leith Innes, Misstrum settled back in the field before challenging About Square with 300m to run.
“She settled nicely and once she got balanced up I knew she would pick the others up” said Innes.
Misstrum is part owned by the Chitty family of Haunui Stud and, according to Mark Chitty, is lucky to be racing in their colours.
“We bought her in Australia to pin hook for the Karaka sales” explained Chitty.
Pin hooking is the term used to describe the process of buying young stock with the plan to on sell, hopefully at a profit, at a later date.
“We paid $120,000 for her but she got injured and we couldn’t sell her” said Chitty.
After Saturday’s win though, Chitty was all smiles.
“The joys of pin hooking” he smiled.
Misstrum looked like a filly who will go on and be competitive next season in her three year old year.
Remember the name.
 
The James stable also produced Pearle Lustre for an ijmpressive win at Ellerslie.
Racing in the colours of NZ Derby heroine Silent Achiever, Pearle Lustre justified inspired support when scoring over 1200m.
Ridden by Micheal Coleman, Pearle Lustre came from well back in the field, to score by a long head from Boy and Pentango.
Making just her fifth race day start, Pearle Lustre was recording her second win, an effort which impressed Coleman.
“She’s still learning but she’s definitely got the ability to go on with it” said Coleman.
Roger James wasn’t on hand to witness the wins by both Pearle Lustre and Misstum.
He was in Queensland over seeing the Queensland Derby preparation of Red Shift.
Red Shift capped off a good day for James when finishing an eye catching third in the Doomben Grand Prix Stakes.
He will be aimed now at the Queensland Derby .
 
Other Cambridge successes at Ellerslie included Khemosabi’s upset win  over 1400m.
Owned and trained by Paul Gordon, Khemosabi, with leading jockey Matt Cameron aboard, led home a Cambridge trained trifecta.
Second was Goldminer for Shaune Ritchie, with the Tim and Margaret Carter trained Anna Maria in third spot.  
Khemosabi’s win represented a good training feat by Gordon as the horse hadn’t started since last November.
In a leader’s dominated race, Khemosabi fought bravely to edge out Goldminer  by half a length.
“We were able to get away with a soft mid section of the race and the others couldn’t get near us” said rider Matt Cameron afterwards.
Khemosabi  was recording his fourth win from nineteen starts and took his stake earnings to $70,000.
The big grey has always looked a promising galloper and should be followed closely.
 
The last of the Cambridge winners at Ellerslie was Blue Nile.
Trained by Murray Baker, Blue Nile ran down the leader Safe Access to score by a head over 1400m.
Blue Nile was ridden by Jason Collett who was taken by the winning effort.
“I thought the leader had us covered at the 200m, but my horse refused to give up” said Collett.
Blue Nile has fashioned a consistent record, finishing out of the first five on only two occassions from ten starts.
Saturday’s win was his second, and he is another that should be followed in the near future.
 
Finally…….good luck to all those competing in this weekend’s Harness Jewels.
If previous Harness Jewels meetings are any indication, this Saturday’s meeting at Cambridge Raceway should be a cracker.
The cream of the crop in the various age groups, competing over a mile for fantastic prizemoney.
Should be a great day!
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George