The Trelawney Stud bred and raced mare Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats, by Van Nistlerooy) was a dominant winner in the $40,000 Westbury Waikato Handicap over 1200 metres at Matamata on Saturday.
Winning for the sixth time, Smashing has been patiently handled by co-trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, having only her sixth start, including a stakes placing in the Lightning Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Trentham, since winning just over a year ago.
“It’s fantastic to come here and win races, the competition is tough, and today is probably one of the best day’s racing we’ve seen in a long time,” said breeder and owner Brent Taylor, who races the mare with his wife, Cherry Taylor, mother Faith Taylor, Jacqui Symes and Maureen Davies.
“It’s terrific to be involved with the Te Akau team, Steve and Jamie are doing a wonderful job, not only in training, but also the communications, jockey appointments, everything is spot on, and it’s great they’ve had this success in addition to the Breeders’ Stakes.”
A formidable partnership, Smashing and rider Cameron Lammas travelled well at the head of affairs, ran sweetly on the bridle approaching the home turn, and her response was immediate when asked to extend at the 200m before racing clear to win by a length.
On perfect footing, she ran the 1200 metres in a slick 1:09.1, last 600m in 33.8, and paid $5.90 & $2.50 on the tote.
“We’ve had a good day and we’re all very pleased,” Autridge said. “The team we had in today, they’re all trying to win.
“She (Smashing) drew well, was always going to be there and be hard to get past.
“In front on her home track, Cameron rides her most of the time and gets on great with her.
“It was a red hot field, but she’s not far off the best so everything in her favour they were going to know she was there.”
Impressive in a career of five wins and $340,000 in earnings, her dam, Ruud Van Slaats, included victories in the Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) and the Cal Isuzu Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m), and left three individual winners at stud.
While Ruud Van Slaats took her name from the union between soccer star Ruud van Nistelrooy and his wife Leontine Slaats, Smashing gained hers in somewhat less notable fashion after a paddock accident left her battered about the face.
Smashing was strapped by Kerry Jones. -Te Akau Racing