Tokorangi impresses at Matamata

Tokorangi winning at Matamata on Tuesday. Photo: Race Images

Exciting juvenile filly Tokorangi (NZ) (Redwood) galloped into Karaka Million contention when blitzing her rivals in the KB Bloodstock 1100 at Matamata on Tuesday.

The Mike Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained daughter of Redwood jumped away well from her ace barrier to take an early lead for jockey Cameron Lammas. The pair dictated terms throughout and kicked clear at the top of the straight to win by 6-1/2 lengths over Perfectionist (NZ) (Ocean Park), with Mongolian Condor (NZ) (Mongolian Khan) a further nose away in third.

connections were pleased with her heading into Tuesday, but admitted to being a bit surprised by her effortless

“I didn’t think she’d kick away like that
and then she just kept kicking,” Gerard said.

“It’s great to see some first time owners
here. Some have travelled from Dannevirke, and it’s great we have got them a
fast horse.”

Tokorangi, who finished runner-up on debut
at Te Rapa last month, advanced her earnings to $12,250 on Tuesday and put
herself into calculations for the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie on
January 25.

“We’ll wait and see what unfolds over the
next few weeks as to whether or not she makes the (Karaka Million) field,”
Gerard said.

“She is very professional and you can’t
really deny the owners a chance to race for a million dollars.”

Tokorangi was purchased out of Bradbury
Park’s 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 2 Yearling Sale draft for $30,000 by
bloodstock agent Paul Moroney and Ballymore Stables.

“We saw her come off the float and she was
so professional from the first time she paraded. Mike and Paul were quite taken
with her too,” Gerard said.

Bradbury Park will offer her full-sister in
this year’s Book 2 sale at Karaka on January 30.

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