Elle Mac takes first in last for Feiss

By Garrick Knight and Jonny Turner

Elle Mac bid farewell to the Feiss family in the best possible way when winning the 4YO Diamond to open a cold and wet Jewels day at Addington.

Owner Jean Feiss confirmed moments after the daughter of Bettor’s Delight recorded her sixth Group 1 win that she had sold her.

“It’s her last race for the Feiss family; she won’t race for us after this.

“I’m not quite sure what her immediate future will be, but obviously she has been bought for stud.”

The buyers are Elle Mac’s breeders, Ken and Karen Breckon.

Elle Mac has been yet another success story for Feiss, who has established an unbelievable record on the race track with yearlings she’s purchased in New Zealand.

Feiss says she never goes in to any race too confident, but knew if Elle Mac found the lead or parked, she would be almost impossible to beat.

“You don’t get overly confident, but once she got the death I thought yeah, that’s her. She can do it.”

Elle Mac, a $51,000 purchase in the sale ring has earned Feiss over $600,000 on the track.

Multi punters were happy when the $1.22 favourite delivered as hoped, though exotic punters needed one of the race outsiders to get a collect.

Divinia Bellezza ran the race of her life for a second and for a split second looked to be on her way to causing a massive boilover.

Trainer Andrew Stuart said he was thrilled with his mare’s performance.

“Running second to Elle Mac, that is as good as winning.”

Stuart deflected much of the praise for Divinia Bellezza’s effort on to driver Blair Orange.

“It was an unbelievable drive, he is driving out of his skin,” the trainer said.

“The way he is driving at the moment, he would be one of New Zealand’s leading sportsmen. He is worth five lengths.”

Cambridge mare In The Shadows poked through for third and valuable Group 1 black-type, narrowly ahead of Sweet Mary.

The race was run in a 1.58.3 mile-rate over the 1980m journey, reflective of the prevailing conditions.


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