The race is on in earnest for Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) to achieve higher honours with the broodmare paddock beckoning the talented mare.
“She’s meant to be served by Savabeel, but we’ll see what happens,” said Bruce Perry, who manages owner Lib Petagna’s bloodstock interests.
“She needs black type and hopefully she can get it this time before we pull up stumps.”
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Francaletta warmed up for sterner assignments with a comfortable first-up victory in the Telperion Trophy at Hastings on Saturday.
The daughter of High Chaparral, who is a half-sister to the multiple European stakes winner and Group One placegetter Asset, has now won five of her six starts.
“Murray and Andrew think she is a Group One or Group Two mare,” Perry said.
Francaletta was smartly away from the barrier to sit on the leader’s quarters and when rider Michael Coleman asked her for a serious effort 250 metres from home she quickly put the issue beyond doubt.
Miss Wilson chased gamely, but she was a length and a-quarter astern at the post with third money earned by the pacemaker Ferrando.
“She bounced cleanly and I was a little bit closer than I thought I would be and she travelled sweetly all the way,” Coleman said.
The senior jockey, who also rode the mare to a winning carnival double at Hastings last year, believes Francaletta can make her presence felt at the elite level with conditions to suit.
“If there’s a bit of give in the ground she can win a Group One somewhere,” he said. “She’s a talented mare and still untapped.”
Francaletta was bred by Raffles Racing and sold through Trelawney Stud's 2014 Inglis Easter draft for $65,000.– NZ Racing Desk.