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SHADES OF SEACHANGE FOR THE OAKS AS RISQUE ROMPS AWAY WITH GUINEAS

November 23, 2015

A long-term prediction came true at Riccarton yesterday when Risqué (NZ) (Darci Brahma) came from well back in the field to claim the Group One New Zealand Bloodstock One Thousand Guineas.  The victory capped a stunning week for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and jockey Matt Cameron, who had combined seven days earlier to triumph in the Group One New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas.

Risque is raced by Dick Karreman’s The Oaks Stud, whose racing manager Rick Williams sent the filly to Te Akau’s Matamata stable with a message. “When we got her Rick said ‘this is the horse’ and we were fortunate he gave her to us,” Autridge said. “After a while we knew in the back of our minds that she would be special and she’s proved it. It’s been an unbelievable seven days.”

As has been the stable’s tradition in recent years, Risqué was sent south early and she was an eleven length maiden winner at Ashburton in September. Continuing to progress, she finished runner-up in the Guineas Trial at Riccarton before being successful in the Listed Armadillo Stakes on Labour Weekend.

“We won this race ten years ago with Seachange and we’ve had a few placings since so it’s terrific; a big thrill for Dick and Darci Brahma,” Williams said.  Stable rider Cameron pulled the right rein when he opted to partner Risque in the Guineas and he brought her with a powerful finishing run from back in the field to down Strada Cavallo (NZ) (Alamosa), the front-runner Dezzies Dream (NZ) (Coats Choice) and the winner’s stablemate Special Memories (Fastnet Rock).

“I can’t believe it – I made the right choice,” Cameron said. “I had to come a bit wide and once I went for her and gave her a couple behind the saddle she really lengthened out and was too good for them. What a week it’s been.”

story from NZ Thoroughbred News