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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Monday, May 16 2022
Cameron provides class reminder with stakes double at Rotorua

Talented jockey Matt Cameron is looking forward to a week-long Fiji freshen up after providing the racing community with a reminder of his riding prowess at Rotorua on Saturday where he took out both feature races with copybook performances.

Cameron, who took an 11-month hiatus from his career in December 2020, has been making steady progress after returning to the saddle earlier in the season.

Since making his comeback he has put together 36 victories, with eight of those at stakes level including Group One wins aboard The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) in the Thorndon Mile (1600m) and the Sistema Stakes (1200m) on Lickety Split (NZ) (Turn Me Loose).

On Saturday he guided Sinarahma (NZ) (Darci Brahma) to victory in the Gr.3 Rotorua Cup (2200m) for his former boss Allan Sharrock before providing Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman with the first stakes victory of his solo training career when successful aboard Francesca (NZ) (Iffraaj) in the Gr.3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m).

Both victories held special significance for Cameron who was delighted to achieve the winning double.

“Allan Sharrock was my first boss when I was an apprentice, so to win a stakes for him on a mare having her last start was pretty neat,” Cameron said.

“She (Sinarahma) is not an easy ride and with her inside draw I thought we could get into a little bit of bother.

“She hit her usual flat spot across the top, but thankfully it was only for 50m and not 200m, as I could pick her up and get her going and she just charged to the line to win comfortably.

“She did look like a weight certainty when she only had 53.5kgs on her back and was the best horse in the race.

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