Sellwood lands double

Don Sellwood’s attention switched from his stable star Anabandana to another couple of
talented gallopers at Ellerslie today.

And just as had been the case on several occasions with Anabandana last season, there was cause for celebration.

Sellwood saddled up Hassle Free to win the Portofino Restaurants 1400 and for almost the same ownership he was successful with King’s Fortune two races later, in the Melco Construction Mile. Both horses were ridden by visiting Awapuni jockey Jonathan Riddell, who timed his runs to perfection.

Hassle Free dived between runners late to score by a long head to register her second win from 18 starts. In the case of King’s Fortune he had to switch down to the inside to get racing room, but once into the clear
he responded well to win by a half head.

Sellwood was not surprised by the performances of either horse, particularly King’s Fortune, whom he rates highly.

King’s Fortune, a son of King’s Chapel, cleared maiden ranks at Matamata last December and last month he followed up with a win at Paeroa. He was then thrown in against Group I winner Rock ‘N’ Pop in the Karaka 3YO Mile at Ellerslie and though only sixth he was finishing strongly.

“It’s taken a wee while for the penny to drop,” said Sellwood. “He’s getting there and Jonathan rode him well today. James (McDonald) won the other two on him and he said he’s best held up for the last run.”

Sellwood is likely to return to Ellerslie over the NZ Derby Carnival with King’s Fortune. “There’s a nice three-year-old mile there that should suit him,” he said.

Earlier on today’s programme the Murray Baker-trained Lady Kipling finished strongly in the hands of McDonald to beat fellow Cambridge galloper Worthing in the Fuji Xerox Mile.

Lady Kipling was dropping back from the 2000 metres of the Group I Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. She finished a game fourth to Shez Sinsational in that event after beating her in the Group II Cal Isuzu
Stakes at Te Rapa.