Skeet wins in style at Timaru
Timaru winner Skeet is a great granddaughter of The Fantasy, a glamour galloper in the 1970s.
Trainer Ellis Winsloe, of Knapdale, paid $8000 for Skeet's dam, The Top Hat, at the 2006 Autumn Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.
The Top Hat (unraced) is out of The Folly (one win), who rates as the fifth foal from The Fantasy (18 wins).
The Folly's half-brother, The Phantom Chance, won the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, Melbourne, in 1993. Another half-brother, The Phantom, ran second in the 1990 Melbourne Cup.
Winsloe, a part-owner of Skeet, said the rising 4-year-old daughter of Howbaddouwantit, was being considered for a rating 65 1200m on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Riccarton on August 6.
Skeet won a maiden race by four and a-half lengths at Timaru on Friday when having her third start. She was unlucky not to win her debut at Oamaru on June 8 after settling last, leading on the turn and getting her tongue over the bit in the home straight. Skeet ran seventh.
She raced unkindly on the bends and hung out while leading near the finish at Wingatui 18 days later. Skeet ran fifth and was three-quarters of a length from the winner.
Stablemate Kidunot was fourth in the steeplechase at Timaru on Friday. Third-placed Keep It Tight bumped Kidunot after jumping the second brush of the double at the 1200m.
''I think it [the bump] took the wind out of his sails and on the wet track, he couldn't get going again,'' Winsloe said.
The horseman remains undecided on which races Kidunot will contest at the National meeting. He is also interested in taking the veteran jumper to the Great Northern meeting at Ellerslie on September 6.
A 12-year-old, Kidunot raced in the Grand National Steeplechase (third) and Great Northern Steeplechase (second) last year. He won the 2009 Great Northern Hurdle.
Irish Excuse, also in the Winsloe team, has been treated for a bruised hoof. He won by 10 lengths in a 3-year-old race at Riccarton on June 21 at his last start.
Two starts back, Irish Excuse easily beat maiden opposition at Ascot Park on March 29.
- The Southland Times