Star Witness 3YO Keeps Winning Run Going for Te Akau

Media Release - Sunday February 2

The winning roll of Te Akau Racing continued unabated on their home track at Matamata on Sunday when exciting prospect Phantom Witness provided an early highlight for the day when making it two wins in as many starts.

Phantom Witness - Race Images Kenton WrightThe Star Witness three-year-old, who was purchased for $60,000 by David Ellis from the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2018 Ready To Run Sale at Karaka, had looked a handy type when winning impressively over 1200m at the venue in early January.

A tendency to race greenly in the closing stages that day after making all the pace saw trainer Jamie Richards instruct rider Opie Bosson to take a sit this time after the horse drew a wide barrier for the rating 65 1200m contest.

Bosson followed the instructions to the letter as he sat back in midfield off a hot tempo before making his claim early in the run home. Phantom Witness showed his class as he raced to the front inside the final 200m, drawing away to win comfortably by half a length from Virtuoso Lad who had tracked him into the straight.

“He’s a progressive sort of horse and another example of the type of horse we try to buy from the Ready To Run sale,” Richards said.

“With a bit of patience, he’s getting there now, but I did say to Opie that we might have to forgive one (win) to teach him to settle a bit.

“He was good enough to sit back, sit wide, quicken and win well.

“He can have a think about things and is wearing a fair bit of gear but I think we’ve got him worked out now and he looks like he will be up to a better class.”

Bosson was suitably impressed with the performance after the horse had over-raced at his debut run.

“The idea was to get him to settle today as he just went far too hard last time,” he said.

“He tried to go a little bit too hard again but once he came back underneath me, he showed a really good turn of foot once I let him go.

“He’s getting better, more settled around at the start and I think he’s got a bit of a future.”

Phantom Witness is the second foal of Rock Of Gibraltar mare Fandom and is closely related to multiple stakes winner and now successful stallion, Casino Prince. - NZ RAcing Desk


Race Result - Super Liquor Matamata (Bm65) 1200m

Matamata Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:11.28
Phantom Witness
T: J W Richards J: O P Bosson 58.5
3g Star Witness (AUS) x Fandom (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Virtuoso Lad
T: Ms K Fursdon J: T N Harris 59.5
6g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Lara's Song (AUS) (Singspiel (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Macquarie Stud, Wellington
B: Sun Bloodstock
Glorious Ocean
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 56
4m Ocean Park (NZ) x Que Sera (NZ) (Daggers Drawn (USA))
T: S B Marsh J: S T Collett 55
4m Ocean Park (NZ) x Petit Verdot (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $115,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Cambridge Stud
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $90,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock
T: S B Marsh J: T Yanagida 55
4m Makfi (GB) x Gould (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
T: K & B Kelso J: C E Lammas 56.5
3f Sacred Falls (NZ) x Dee I Why (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $50,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Ms F Kelly
Mannie's Power
T: R S Manning J: A J Calder 57
7m Man Of Power (AUS) x Miss Strategy (NZ) (Strategic Image (AUS))
Roc Cha
T: Team Rogerson J: A C Goindasamy 54.5
3f El Roca (AUS) x Cullcha (NZ) (Cullen (AUS))
Duck Road
T: J W Richards J: M J Mc Nab 57.5
4g Ekraar (USA) x Silver Buttons (NZ) (Victory Dance (IRE))
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