Fletcher silks on display at Rosehill

Dec 19, 2015

By Glenn Moore, Thoroughbred News

The famous New Zealand tartan and red cap silks of the Fletcher family were on display at Rosehill on Saturday when the Matthew Dale trained seven-year-old mare Kaleidoscope (NZ) won the $85,000, Sportsyear Diary Bm 89 Handicap (1400m).

The Pins mare, out of the black type winning Centaine racemare Arletty, is owned and co-bred by Hugh Fletcher and his wife Lady Sian Elias.

Kaleidoscope (NZ) and apprentice Brodie Loy, picture Sportpix.com.au
The mare raced 26 times in New Zealand for five wins and seven placings before being sent to Dale at Canberra. There she started twice for mid-field placings before Dale sent her to Rosehill for Saturday’s win.

Kaleidoscope (carried 52kg) was settled back in the field under apprentice Brodie Loy as Slate On Edge (carried 59.5kg) and apprentice Winona Costin took the field to the main straight. Slate On Edge carried that lead all the way to the 150m before being swamped by runners on the outside.

Agent (NZ) (58kg) (Pins) and Tommy Berry went past the tiding Slate On Edge and looked the likely winner, but then right on the line arrived Kaleidoscope and Loy to claim the victory with the margin a half-head.

Another Canberra runner, Got The Goss (60kg) (Eavesdropper) and Jason Collett were the widest of the three to run third, the margin 1L. Slate On Edge was fourth while the the $2.60 favourite Zin Zan Eddie faded to last.

The time was 1.22.71 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.60. Kaleidoscope caught punters paying $13,00 on fixed odds and $13.50 on the tote.

“I wanted to stay on Tommy’s back from the get go and I knew Agent would give me a good cart into the race,” Loy said.

“I got stuck in an awkward position when I had Jason Collett three deep and he made sure he I stayed there in behind them.

“I just had to be patient and wait for the run. When she got the gap she took it.

“Full credit to Matty Dale. He has placed her well and she has won today with 52kg on her back.”

The Sydney win added $48,750 to Kaieidoscope’s previous tally of $66,605 from her previous 28 overall starts.

Pictured: Kaleidoscope (NZ) and apprentice Brodie Loy. Photograph by Sportpix.com.au