Vinevale (3 f Flying Spur – Eden Valley, by Zabeel) could not have been more impressive on debut when winning the Racecourse Parade Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on Dec. 2 at Avondale.
The writing was on the wall for the Trelawney Stud filly, trained by Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, after Ruud Not Too won the NZB Pearl Series 1200-metre race last Wednesday at Te Aroha – a race that Vinevale was balloted out of.
The pair had met at the trials on Nov. 9 at Cambridge, and although Ruud Not Too won the trial, Vinevale travelled into second with the handbrake on, so the form looked very good.
She was certainly not missed by punters, or the TAB who opened her at $3.40 and she closed at $3.00 in the fixed odds market.
There were some nervous moments after she was crossed at the start, and eighth of nine at the 800m, but once jockey Matt Cameron angled her clear in the home straight she changed stride a furlong out and bounded on to score effortlessly by one and a half lengths.
Assisted by a solid tempo in getting home from off the pace, Vinevale ran the 1200 metres in 1:10.5 and last 600m in 34.4.
A filly with considerable fortitude and professionalism, her dam, Eden Valley, was a winner on debut over 1212 metres in Australia, and a sister to multiple stakes winner Hill of Grace who won over $2 million in prize money.
Hill of Grace finished runner-up in both the NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) and NZ Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m), and was a Group One winner of the Ansett Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill. She won the Moonee Valley Oaks (Gr. 2, 2040m), finished fourth to Ethereal (Rhythm) in the Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m), and second to La Bella Dama (Desert Sun) in the MacKinnon Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m), so there is plenty of evidence of Vinevale excelling up in trip.
“Brent (Taylor) and I are very happy, and I tweeted to thank all your staff,” said Cherry Taylor, who races the filly with John & Alison Boone, Faith Taylor, Jay Benton, Jane Taylor, Scott Malcolm, and Jake & Jude Moreland.
“It was a great effort to get her ready to win like that on debut and she’s obviously got plenty of improvement. She did it the hard way, from the back, but once she changed stride she put her head down.
“We went to Flying Spur thinking that if we got a filly we would keep her, so she didn’t actually go to the sales,” said Taylor.
Her grand-dam, Carmel Valley, was one of the foundation broodmares at Trelawney Stud.
“We got a lot of good yearlings out of her,” said Taylor. “We sold a Foxwedge colt out of Eden Valley at the Ready to Run Sale this year, but the first foal, a filly by Flying Spur made $260,000, Danny O’Brien bought a Sebring colt (Letsgetsideways) out of her for $230,000, and we have a Pins filly to sell at Karaka.
“The family can get up to 2400 metres, so Vinevale should get over ground. We’ve given her time to mature and you guys have been patient, so it’s a great result,” said Taylor. -Te Akau Racing
The pedigree of the Pins x Eden Valley filly to be sold at Karaka in 2016 as lot 270 can be viewed by clicking here