Arcenceil Too Good At Tauranga

Local mare Arcenceil justified favouritism with a dominant win at Tauranga last Saturday.
The Yves Sequin trained mare proved too strong for her rivals when winning the Bay Of Plenty Cup over 2100m.
Ridden by in form jockey Michael Coleman, Arcenceil was allowed to settle behind midfield before making her move nearing the home turn.
“She races best when ridden quietly and I was always confident of winning” said Coleman.
Arcenceil was soon in a challenging position as the field swung for home.
Although runner up Payback momentarily looked capable of causing some concern, Arcenceil soon had the race in safe keeping.
“I knew Payback had a huge pull in the weights but my mare was just too good” added Coleman.
Arcenceil went on to score by one and a half lengths from Payback.
Topweight Back In Black was a further one and a quarter lengths away in third position.
Trainer Yves Sequin outlined the future plans for his promising mare after the race.
“There is a possibility she could start in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha over 1600m in a couple of weeks time” said Sequin.
That will be dependant however on an “off” track.
“If the rain came and the track deteriorated, I think she would be competitive even at 1600m” said Sequin.
The Frenchman also outlined another Australian campaign for Arcenceil.
“If she didn’t go to Te Aroha, we would set her for the Hawkes Bay Cup before heading back to Queensland for the winter” he said.
Sequin campaigned Arcenceil in Queensland last year and while she performed creditably, she was unlucky on a number of ocassions.
“She was hampered by wide barrier draws and she had no luck in some of her races, yet she wasn’t far away ” said Sequin.
Arcenceil took her record to five wins from just 18 starts, with stake earnings just over $90,000.
Judging by her win last Saturday, that record should improve even further over the next few months.
 
Two local jockeys saluted at Tauranga last Saturday.
Promising apprentice Alex Forbes saluted aboard Smartly, while Matthew Cropp rode Azincourt to victory.
Forbes showed good judgement with an all the way win aboard Smartly.
Making full use of his three kilo claim, Forbes soon had Smartly in front .
“My instructions were to lead and make the others chase us” said Forbes.
As can often be the case at Tauranga, those tactics proved unbeatable, with Smartly scoring by three and a half lengths.
Forbes looks set for a profitable time over winter especially with his three kilo claim.
 
Congratulations to Matthew Cropp after guiding Azinccourt to an overdue win.
Cropp has made a concerted effort to get his weight down so he could ride on the flat after spending the past few saesons riding over fences.
“It’s been hard work but I’m really enjoying it” said Cropp.
He too showed good judgement when guiding Azincourt to a narrow head victory over Magic Power, ridden by Sam Spratt.
“I was going to stay in the lead but when the favourite( Bellino) came around , I decided to take the trail” said Cropp.
Azincourt, who last won a race when Adam was a school boy, fought strongly to the line to prevail at odds of nearly $10.
 
Finally, the Cambridge Jockey Club has announced this year’s Travis Stakes will be worth $100,000.
The flagship race for the CJC will be held at Te Rapa on April 28th.
“We are indebited to the Travis Trust who were keen to increase the stake for the Group Two event” said CJC Chief Executive Gayle Barkla.
The Travis Stakes should again attract another wonderful field of Fillies and Mares.
 
I’ll catch you next week!
 
Cheers
 
George.