On a day where punters took a bath supporting a host of well favoured candidates it was unbeaten mare Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) who restored their faith when she dominated her opposition to score handsomely in the Stella Artois sponsored 1400 metre special conditions event at Hastings.
The four-year-old High Chaparral mare, who races in the familiar colours of Wellington businessman Lib Petagna, took her record to three wins from three starts as she provided jockey Michael Coleman with an armchair ride throughout the contest. The experienced Matamata hoop was full of praise for the effort from his mount where she was posted wide for most of the journey after jumping from an outside barrier.
“She always travelled well, despite being a bit green in the straight, and is really a smart mare,” he said.
“I wasn’t worried about being a bit wide as the inside was well off and when we came around the corner I was only three-wide and in the best part of the ground.
“She is going to win a good race somewhere along the way.”
Petagna’s racing manager Bruce Perry was a relieved figure after the contest having seen another of the JML Bloodstock team lose his unbeaten record in the previous event when Zacinto colt Ugo Foscolo could only run sixth in the Gr. 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas.
“We’re delighted as Michael rode her beautifully,” he said.
“She’s unbeaten in three now but so was Ugo Foscolo and we got our butts kicked there. That’s racing though so we’re pleased to get this one.
“I’ll leave any future plans up to her trainers, Andrew (Forsman) and Murray (Baker), but I think there could be a black-type option somewhere along the way for her.”
Francaletta was purchased from Trelawney Stud's 2014 Inglis Easter draft for $65,000 when sold on behalf of Raffles Racing - NZ Racing Desk