The impeccably bred three-year-old pacer Mota Mate returned to the winner’s list at Cranbourne on Friday night with a come from behind victory in the Decron 3YO Pace.
Trained at the Cranbourne Training Centre by local veterinarian Dr Hugh Cathels, Mota Mate has been racing consistently without winning since his maiden success at Warragul in January. The gelding seemed to relish the steady tempo set by the leading division on Friday night however, and when reinsman Glenn Hunter set him alight at the 400-meter mark Mota Mate quickly put his rivals away.
Eased down on the line, Mota Mate scored by seven meters from the odds-on favourite Arggghhh with the Michal Hughes trained Reign Maker filling the podium for the third time in as many runs.
Mota Mate is by leading stallion Betters Delight from the very good race mare Gemfire who won the Group 2 Tatlow Stakes as a two-year-old. At stud Gemfire has gone on to produce Garnet River ($550k) along with other $100k+ earners Zante Beach, Western Blaze and The Godine Machine.
Whilst Mota Mate may not reach those heights it’s fair to say that he should win his share of races on the strength of his Cranbourne effort.
The win of Mota Mate continued a purple patch of form for horses trained at the Cranbourne Training Centre in recent times. Over the past five weeks Final Chapter (two) and Rosanna Lindy, Danman and Dansbro have all registered wins for their Cranbourne based mentors.
Racing returns to Cranbourne on Sunday 7th July.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography