Rich connection at Ellerslie

Miss Pelear (NZ) completed an outstanding Christmas carnival for Te Awamutu trainers Keith and Brendon Hawtin in the G2 Rich Hill Mile on New Year’s Day.

The four-year-old mare attacked the line powerfully to down Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) by half a head with Diademe (Savabeel) over a length away third.  The victory added significantly to her residual value and it also topped off a grand three-day meeting at Ellerslie for her connections.

Miss Pelear (4m Mr. Nancho – Tori Belle by Vettori) is owned by her Te Kuiti breeder Paul Guise who also enjoyed success last Saturday with debut Countdown To Karaka winner Shebang.  The Hawtins had won the Boxing Day juvenile event with The Oaks Stud youngster Devour.

Miss Pelear had gone close to a major black type success at her penultimate start when narrowly beaten in the G2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Pukekohe.  “Noel (Harris) always looked like he had a handful of horse today,” Hawtin said.  “She’s done a good job and will go out for a couple of weeks and then come back for the Te Aroha Breeders Stakes.”

Her sire Mr. Nancho stands at Cambridge based Linwood Park alongside Ekraar and Royal Gem.  A son of Southern Halo, he originally stood at Stoney Bridge in Matamata after a career that saw him named Argentina’s Champion Miler in 2004.

Miss Pelear’s dam Tori Belle was a $3,800 buy for Guise from Haunui Farm at a 2005 NZ Bloodstock Sale.  She is a half-sister to The Hombre (Lucky Owners) who was an impressive three-length winner of the LR Newmarket Hcp at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.