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Group 1 Vinery Victory for Valentina

Group 1 Vinery Victory for Valentina

New Zealand filly Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) raced to a decisive victory in the Group 1 A$405,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) to announce herself as a leading three-year-old filly in Australia on another great day of racing for kiwi-bred horses in Sydney.

The maiden Group 1 victory of Lucia Valentina followed back-to-back Australian Group 1 wins by fellow kiwi-bred mare Silent Achiever (NZ) (O’Reilly) as she once again upstaged the best stayers in Australia to win the Group 1 BMW Stakes over fellow countryman It’s a Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral).

Trained originally in New Zealand by Stephen Marsh for Lib Patenga’s JML Bloodstock, the Karaka Premier Sale graduate was transferred to the stable of Kris Lees for an autumn campaign in Sydney. She came third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes on her Australian debut before an unplaced effort in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at her last start.

Hugh Bowman, who rode her in the Surround Stakes, was back aboard on Saturday and let the filly find her feet as she tailed the field for most of the journey. Bowman cut the corner entering the straight on the Heavy 8 track and set out after the leader Solicit (Street Cry).

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Bred: Mrs H G & W G Bax Offered: Blandford Lodge Purchased: Bruce Perry Bloodstock at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2012 Karaka Premier Sale - $60,000

Viadana Books her Ticket to Sydney with Group 1 Victory

Brilliant mare Viadana (NZ) (Towkay) showed she is top-class with a resounding victory in the Group 1 $200,000 Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on Saturday.

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Viadana (NZ) successful in the Group 1 Fibre Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.
Photo courtesy of Trish Dunell.

The victory was the third Group 1 of the six-year-old mare’s career and second this campaign following success in the Group 1 NRM Sprint earlier this year at Te Rapa. She has now booked herself a ticket to Sydney to compete in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes for trainer Lance Noble.

“She is booked on a flight to go to Sydney to race in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes which is for fillies and mares and worth $1m,” commented Noble. “She is a great mare and is racing at the top of her game so this is a good opportunity to take her over there and see how she goes.

“There are some very good fillies and mares in Australia but the likes of Silent Achiever has shown that the higher rated horses in New Zealand are capable of competing against them. She can’t really do anything more here in New Zealand so it is time go over.”

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Bred: Little Avondale Trust Offered: Little Avondale Stud Purchased: Mr LR & Mrs L Noble at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2009 Karaka Select Sale - $25,000

Ten out of Ten Performance in Hong Kong

Karaka Select Sale graduate Divine Ten (Holy Roman Emperor) continued his rise through the grades in Hong Kong with an impressive win the HK-3 HK$2,500,000 The Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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Divine Ten winning the HK-3 The Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of HKJC.

In his first preparation, the four-year-old gelding has won five of his six starts with his only defeat coming when he missed the start in a 1000m dash at his third start for trainer Me Tsui.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor jumped well for leading rider Douglas Whyte and sat handy to the pace in the sprint over the 100m straight course.

When asked for an effort by Whyte Divine Ten burst to the lead and was able to hold off the challenge of Straight Gold (Stratum) and Golden Harvest (Al Maher) in a smart time of 56.27 seconds.

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Bred: Mr N Loukissas Offered: Lyndhurst Farm Purchased: Magus Equine at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2011 Karaka Select Sale - $185,000

Madam Victoria Shoots to a Clear Lead in Southern Fillies Series

South Island fillies dominated their northern counterparts in the Listed $50,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes (1600m) with Madam Victoria (NZ) (High Chaparral) cementing her position at the top of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series on Saturday at Riccarton.

Madam Victoria (NZ) successful in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes.
Photo courtesy of Race Images Chch Ltd.

Stablemates Madam Victoria and Silhouette Noir (Dane Shadow) ran first and second in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes, the second leg of the Southern Filly of the Year Series, at their last start. Six fillies trained in the North Island travelled to the mainland but the result remained the same with the stablemates once again filling the quinella.

Trained by Terri Rae and ridden by Darryl Bradley, the daughter of High Chaparral was forced to travel three-wide with cover for the majority of the journey.

Madam Victoria raced to the lead in the straight and held her stablemate Silhouette Noir at bay over the concluding stages to win by three-quarters-of-a-length with the best of the North Island fillies Porotene Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) finishing third.


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