Tauranga Treble - Millefiori Marvellous

Date: 14 Jan 2023

Tauranga Treble - Millefiori Marvellous

 

Coping best with conditions, Millefiori (4 m Iffraaj - Miss Bluebell, by Savabeel) recorded a dominant victory in the $30,000 Ray White Tauranga Rating 75 1200 metres on 13 January at Tauranga.

Unseasonal wet weather wreaked havoc with North Island tracks during the week, causing many horses to scratch, but Millefiori had shown to act on rain-affected going when winning over 1400 metres on Heavy10 last June at Matamata.

After striding out nicely in her preliminary, Millefiori travelled seventh of eight under Te Akau apprentice Hakim Kamaruddin and, drawn widest rounding the home turn, she finished powerfully to beat stable-mate and race favourite Wairau Cove (Darci Brahma).

“She seems to like the course, can handle some dig in the ground, and it was a good effort,” said trainer Mark Walker, after securing his 99thwin for the season.

“It's good for the owners, as they've been very patient and hopefully she will take plenty of confidence out of the win and goes on with it.”

On Heavy10 footing, she ran 1200 metres in a respectable 1:13.3 and paid $6.90 & $2.10 on the NZ TAB tote.

Interestingly, Millefiori had recorded the second of two wins as a two-year-old on 15 January at Tauranga, adding credence to horses finding form at a similar time of year.

By proven international stallion Iffraaj (Zafonic), out of a young mare by eight-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), Millefiori is from the family of Winx (Street Cry) and therefore is a very valuable filly.

Her grand-dam, Operavega (Stravinsky), is a half-sister to impressive winner Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar), who stakes claim to being mother of the undisputable all-time champion Winx - world record holder with 25 Group One victories.

Owned by Te Akau Millefiori Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), she was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $65,000 at the 2020 Karaka Book 2 Sale, from the draft of Archer Park.

“After winning her first two juvenile races she was one of the favourites for the Karaka Million in the year we won it with On the Bubbles, and it's good to see her back in winning form,” Ellis said.

“It was a good training feat by Mark (Walker) to back off her for a few days after racing in November. She'd started the season with two good thirds and now gained a really good win after being freshened.

Ellis had recently returned from the Gold Coast Yearling Sales, where he purchased eight horses and mentioned being pleased to strike early in the sale because the competition on respected lots heated up quickly into the sale and prices began to soar.

Millefiori was strapped by Kohen Collett.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz

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