Dual World Cup-winning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw's talented namesake Richie McHorse (Redoute's Choice x Boundless) got the day’s Ellerslie action underway with a smart win in the Stella Artois 1600.
A fast-finishing third on debut over 1200 metres at Te Aroha, the three-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice and the New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless was the $3.90 favourite as he stepped up to 1600 metres for today’s $20,000 contest.
Ridden by Craig Grylls Richie McHorse lengthened stride stylishly in the straight to rush forward from third-last and take the lead 250 metres from the finish.
He then began to race greenly and Aramelle came back at him along the inside, but Richie McHorse held on by a neck.
Richie McHorse is trained by Graeme and Debbie Rogerson for owner-breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor from Trelawney Stud, along with Brent’s mother Faye Taylor.
“That was a really good win,” Brent Taylor told www.theinformant.co.nz. “He’s still a big goof. He’s got a lot to learn and he’s got some growing to do.
“Next year might be his time. He’s an exciting horse and we were pretty happy to see him do that today.”
Richie McHorse clocked 1:34.18 for the 1600 metres on a track rated Good3.
“The track’s really nice,” Grylls said. “There’s a bit of give in it, but they’re not getting into it much.
“Richie McHorse won well. He did a bit wrong, he was a bit slowly away and took a while to get going. He had to go around the outside of the field, and he’s done it pretty well. He had them covered pretty comfortably, and there was a bit more there if he needed it.
“He’s a big horse with a big stride. The 1600 metres suited him today and he’s got a good future.” -the informant