Top Note Top Win

Date: 2 Feb 2022

Top Note Top Win

Like mother, like daughter, Top Note (3 f Burgundy - Arpeggio, by Tavistock) revealed inherent ability with a debut winning performance in the $12,000 Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 2 February at Te Rapa.

A line bred and owned by Sir Peter Vela at Pencarrow Stud, both Arpeggio and grand-dam Macchiato (Night Shift) were entrusted to Te Akau for training. Mark Walker prepared Macchiato to win on debut by four and a half lengths over 1200 metres in January 2001 at Rotorua, cementing her talent with four wins from only nine starts.

A broodmare gem, Macchiato produced eight individual winners, including Arpeggio, who impressed winning four times over 1200 metres, and Harb (Catbird), victorious two-year-old in Oaklands Plate (Listed, 1400m) amongst his four wins.

“We trained the grandmother and mother of this filly,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. “Macchiato was a very smart mare, as was Arpeggio, and we were delighted when Sir Peter gave us this filly to train.

“The manner that she won today suggests she is a filly that can go on and win more races in the blue and white colours.”

Held together nicely in second when trialling on 11 January at Cambridge (poly-track), Top Note faced an awkward gate (10) which dictated getting back, but copybook riding by Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson saw the filly angling wide on straightening and she let down with big finish. It displayed both class and the style of her pedigree, reflected by a near four-length winning margin.

On Good3 footing, Top Note ran 1200 metres in 1:11.7 and continued diminishing in betting to pay $3.70 & $1.90 on NZ TAB tote.

“That was a really good win from a promising filly that we've always held in pretty high regard,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

“She's taken a little while to furnish and mature, but she is getting there now and, ridden quietly, she was able to find a really good turn of foot.

“It's not easy to win like that at your first start, or from back in the field, particularly around Te Rapa. So, we are really pleased with the way she did it and it was a confident ride from Opie (Bosson).

“I'm looking forward to the future with her. Space her races, take it easy for one more start and then we can find something a bit more serious.

“She's a really nice filly, a good type who lived up to her potential and it's always good to train another winner for Sir Peter (Vela).

Top Note was strapped by Amit Gujar.

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