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Victorious Vinevale adds to record
18 Dec 2016

Trelawney Stud mare Vinevale (4 m Flying Spur – Eden Valley, by Zabeel) enhanced her solid record with a stylish win in the $22,500 Metro Direct Rating 75 1500 metres on 17 December at Te Rapa.

The good-sized mare has now won three times for those that race her: Brent & Cherry Taylor, Jans Trust, Jake & Jude Moreland, Faith & Jane Taylor, Jay Benton & Scott Malcolm.

In the last race, on a day when winners came from handy positions, rider Mark Du Plessis was left with the task of securing economy from a wide draw and did so with aplomb when two clear leaders enabled a gap for him to slot in fifth.

Clear on straightening at the 400m, Vinevale still had ground to make up when third at the 200m before gobbling up the pacemakers near home.

Although the winning margin was only a neck, she was going away at the line and kept rolling on solidly.

On footing upgraded to Good3 after race four, Vinevale ran the 1500 metres in 1:29.7, last 600m in 34.9, and the favoured way in betting she returned $5.00 & $1.80 fixed ($4.70 & $1.80 tote).

“She’s got plenty of ability, but hasn’t had a lot of luck and everything went well today,” Autridge said.

“It was a big effort to come from off the pace at the 600 metres, but she really found the line and she’s good enough to reach top-class.

“She galloped very well on Tuesday, is handling the training and racing and being out of a Zabeel mare it should just keep happening.

Patiently handled, there is evidence within the family that an increase in distance should suit Vinevale.

Her race winning dam, Eden Valley, is 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).

“I thought Mark (Du Plessis) rode her beautifully and got her into a nice spot from a wide alley, and although she looked a bit flat coming into the straight once he balanced her up she ran home very well,” said Trelawney Managing Director Brent Taylor.

“The comment from the boys is that she is now looking for more ground. We always thought she would be able to, but pleased to see that she is heading that way and can’t wait to give her a chance.

“It’s taken ten starts to get into this position and hopefully she can show what we think she’s capable of.

“Steve and Jamie and the Te Akau team have done a wonderful job and we can only hope that she can reward them for their diligence and hard work.

“She appears physically and mentally in a good spot to be able to continue to show her best, providing she wants to keep trying and it’s all you ask,” he said.

Vinevale brought very good form to the race, after working through traffic for a notable fifth to subsequent Group Two runner-up Rising Shot (Red Giant) over 1400 metres on 26 November at Ellerslie.

“She’s had reasonably good form around her, but let’s hope she can create the form for others in the future,” Taylor said.

On hand at Te Rapa, Jamie Richards said: “It was a really tough win and we all think that she’s a staying mare with a big future.

“We will probably give the Rising Stars a miss, and concentrate on getting her up in trip, up in the ratings, so that we can attack some black type races.

“We probably didn’t see her racing that handy, but the genuine tempo helped and she finished off really strongly. She needed the length of the straight to get there, but she’s going super,” Richards said. 

Trelawney Stud is offering a half-brother to Vinevale, by Pins (Snippets), Lot 141, at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale on 30 January at Karaka.

Vinevale was strapped by Diego Steele.  -Jeff Dore, Te Akau Racing