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Escudo Looking to Use Home Track Advantage

21 February

After trialling impressively in the Spring, a patient policy has been played out with the El Roca 2YO Escudo by trainers Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott where they will hope to reap the reward for their approach when the filly steps out on her home track to take on the time-honoured $100,000 Group 2 Matamata Breeders Stakes over 1200m tomorrow.

Out of the Danehill Dancer mare Gould, Escudo is a full sister to the unbeaten 3YO Paleontologist who won his first two starts in Brisbane before being sold to Hong Kong recently. Escudo comes from a family enriched with sprinting blood and includes the likes of Khaptivaan, Khaptingly, Spanish Bay, Spitz, Khaptrist, Sain Khapital, Stimulus, and recent Group winner Sheezallmine.

Bred by Gerry Harvey, Escudo will be looking to provide the O’Sullivan/Scott partnership with their third win in the race in the past 13 years having taken out the event with Satinka (Stravinsky) in 2007 with Mark du Plessis aboard, and four years ago with Gold Rush (So You Think) who also claimed victory in Matamata’s signature race.

Escudo was a $31,000 yearling purchase by the Wexford Stables team at New Zealand Bloodstock in 2019 and will have the services of big-race jockey Jason Waddell in tomorrow’s event.

Pictured: Escudo as a yearling (Lesley Warwick)