Impressive on debut in December, Vinevale (Flying Spur x Eden Valley) again proved herself fresh up with a big win in the Te Aroha Liquor Centre Rating 65 over 1200m.
Off 74 days, and an ideal preparatory trial over 1000 metres at Avondale, it was expected Vinevale would get back from a wide draw but somewhat surprisingly began like a shot for rider Danielle Johnson to camp in third and after challenging to lead at the 250 metres proceeded to race clear.
The addition of blinkers by trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards certainly did the trick for the for the Trelawney Stud filly, raced by Brent & Cherry Taylor, Jans Trust, Jake & Jude Moreland, Faith & Jane Taylor, Jay Benton & Scott Malcolm.
“She’s always shown a lot and we’ve taken her along quietly,” said Autridge.
“Fresh up, so we’d given her a break and the blinkers helped bring her on a bit more.
Autridge said there was some talk of taking the filly to campaign in Brisbane, but either way the future looks bright.
“It might come around a bit soon, but we’ll talk to the owners. She’s out of a Zabeel mare – that says it all,” he said.
On footing that remained rated a Slow7, Vinevale ran the 1200 metres in comparably quick time: 1:11.0 (last 600m in 35.9) and paid $4.20 & $1.90 on the tote.
Although being by Zabeel, 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.
“She shows that her best performances will come in time and hopefully over more ground,” said Brent Taylor.
“She did well in her break at home, probably too well actually, but working her way to where she needs to be; and that may be Brisbane. She’s learning and needed a break but her manners are improving after being new to the game and we’re very happy.
“She’ll need to be competitive in a decent Saturday race, and do that to warrant going anywhere, but she’s certainly vindicated the ability we thought she had,” said Taylor.
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-Te Akau Racing