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.
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.
straightening at the 400m, Vinevale still had ground to make up when third at
the 200m before gobbling up the pacemakers near home.
winning margin was only a neck, she was going away at the line and kept rolling
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).
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.
very well on Tuesday, is handling the training and racing and being out of a
Zabeel mare it should just keep happening.
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
strapped by Diego Steele. -Jeff Dore, Te Akau Racing