Riverton trainer Graham Eade eyes Cups double
Riverton trainer Graham Eade has La Nouvelle Vague ready to complete the traditional Dunedin and Invercargill Cups double.
Eade trains the good stayer in partnership with his son Michael and the six year old triumphed in the 2400 metre $50,000 Dunedin feature a fortnight ago. He contests the 2600 metre $40,000 Sheet Metalcraft Invercargill Gold at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Seldom without a good horse, Eade took two to Wingatui on Dunedin Cup day but brought just one home. His other runner, Stokers Rock - winner of five races from 12 starts and more than $78,000 while a member of the Eade barn - went north to join former Wyndham horseman Peter McKay at Matamata.
That movement made the win of La Nouvelle Vague timely, and it was enhanced by the status of the race. A national panel continually assesses the quality of horses in feature races and rate the best races group or listed, a tag sought after by breeders and trainers of the winner. The Dunedin Cup is rated listed, providing the Eades with their first prestige win.
Saturday's Southland Guineas has listed status but not the Cup. However Eade is keen to win the historic race first run in 1909. It is one of the few run over a distance long enough to allow La Nouvelle Vague display his strengths.
"He's got no sprint but is tough," Eade said of the stayer.
La Nouvelle was back and wide early in the Dunedin Cup before his Palmerston North based rider Leah Hemi took him the the front with 1600m to run.
"He is always slow out of the gate, what we said to Leah was exactly what she did, I was happy when they were in front, he has to be on the pace. He's working as well as he was before Dunedin."
With 57kgs, La Nouvelle Vague will give three to Canterbury visitors Show MacCool, What A Dezza and Villa Elba.
All have similar strengths to the southerner with Villa Elba twice a winner on Ascot Park, over 2500 metres in December and 2600 metres on February 8. Her trainers, John and Karen Parsons, have the best Invercargill Cup record of any trainer in the past 30 years.