Saturday’s JR & N Berkett Telegraph
has been thrown wide open with the withdrawal this morning of long-time
The four-year-old’s managing owner David Ellis made the shock announcement to www.theinformant.co.nz
after witnessing his main gallop at Matamata, followed by discussions
with trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and stable jockey Opie
Xtravagant was partnered by his one-win
stablemate Gingernuts over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:02.2 and 35.2.
While the time was respectable it wasn’t outstanding, and nor were
Bosson’s comments when he came off the track.
With a waver of his hand, Bosson
suggested the work was “at best fair”, prompting connections to consider
the situation and make the ultimate call.
“He worked okay only, not good enough to
take him down to Wellington,” Ellis said afterwards. “It’s a big call
but one that we all agree on.
“We will review his future in the days ahead.”
Xtravagant’s Telegraph defection
continues a frustrating season for last year’s champion three-year-old.
With form headed by the Gr. 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas and NRM Sprint,
big things were expected of him in Melbourne in the spring but he failed
in two starts.
Brought home and freshened up with the
Telegraph his designated first-up target, he resumed with an easy trial
win followed by a smart gallop at Ellerslie late last month. His second
in a trial at Cambridge last week was acceptable given he went down by
only a head to Turn Me Loose, but the evidence of this morning’s work
was a turning point.
After suspending betting immediately
following Xtravagant’s withdrawal, the TAB has released an updated
Telegraph market headed by Railway winner Start Wondering at $4,
followed by Perfect Fit at $5, First Serve $6 and Odyssey Moon $7.