Vamos Bebe Goes Bang

Date: 2 Sep 2020

Vamos Bebe Goes Bang

Presented looking a picture, Vamos Bebe (4 m I Am Invincible - Hurtle Myrtle, by Dane Shadow) followed two second placings with an impressive victory over 1200 metres on 2 September at Avondale, and in addition to the stake she collected an $11,500 New Zealand Bloodstock Pearl Series Bonus.

Spelled after finishing second on debut in September at Te Rapa, Vamos Bebe had produced a smart win at the trials in July at Ellerslie, before running the fastest last 600m (34.9) finishing a close second to stable-mate Ocean Belle (Ocean Park) when resuming in the Maiden 1100 metres on 12 August at Taupo, and stepped up to winning with aplomb.

Keen to get on with the job, Vamos Bebe travelled on the bridle in a forward position and came clear once rider Danielle Johnson sent her for home at the 200 metres to win by three and a quarter lengths. 

It was a clear-cut victory, fitting of her $1.80 tote price and well deserved following a couple of strong runner-up finishes. On footing rated Heavy10, but certainly not too deep, Vamos Bebe covered the 1200 metres in 1:15.9.

For trainer Jamie Richards, fresh from winning the Trainers' Premiership (101 wins) last season, including 11 Group 1 victories, over $7 million in stake earnings, and the sole nomination for Champion Trainer of the Year, the win capped a frustrating 10-day period in which five of his nine runners finished second.

“It was a good win by a progressive mare and she had been knocking on the door,” Richards said. “At Taupo, had she led she probably would have won but we are trying to teach her to relax a little bit so she can run out her races strongly.

“Although she was still a little keen today, I didn't think she over-raced too badly and I'm sure when she gets in a better class of race, on firmer footing, where they go a genuine tempo that she'll relax nicely.

“It was a good effort by the team at the Middle Barn, Nicole (Shailer), Sam (Bergerson), and Reece (Trumper) who strapped her and loves the horse.

“It was certainly rewarding to get a win after a run of close seconds and hopefully we can go on with her and the rest of team as the tracks improve.”

In training for Brent & Cherry Taylor (Trelawney Stud) and the Taylor Family Trust, Vamos Bebe is by the leading sire in Australia, I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), with 311 wins last season, from Hurtle Myrtle (Dane Shadow) who won the Myer Classic (Gr. 1, 1600m), Dane Ripper Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) and Sapphire Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m). 

“It's good to receive the ongoing support from Brent and Cherry at Trelawney Stud,” Richards said. “Te Akau has trained a couple of nice fillies for them in recent seasons, Vinevale and Smashing, and Vamos Bebe has a lovely pedigree, being a sister to Holyfield (I Am Invincible) who won the Ming Dynasty (Gr. 3, 1400m) on Saturday at Rosehill. 

Trelawney Stud is an elite level farm that takes pride in continuing a legacy of success and they raise, buy and sell quality horses that shine in the sale ring and perform on the race tracks.

“It was a nice win and I saw her at the track the other day and she looks great,” said Trelawney managing director Brent Taylor. “It's taken a long time to get to where we wanted to today, but we've always known she's had lots ability. 

“This time last year she was our biggest hope going into the season, but others thankfully stepped up in her place and hopefully she can shine in her own right this season. 

“Jamie (Richards) has been patient and from his perspective it's good to have owners that see the long game. She's always shown us plenty, so it's not hard to wait for horses with a ton of ability. 

“Cherry and I picked her out as a yearling in Sydney, and she actually passed in through the ring. We went back and were able to buy her from her breeder, Kevin Maloney at Segenhoe Stud, with the aid of their general manager Peter O'Brien, who is a very good friend of ours, and we secured her for our racing team.

“She's a beautiful filly, outstanding at the sale, but had a slight X-ray issue which are just the perfect ones for us to buy because we're sellers as well as buyers and forgiving on a number of things. And Holyfield probably helps as well, having won a couple of Group races and he looks a promising three-year-old colt going into a hot spring. She's a cracking type and hopefully she proves us right.

“Jamie (Richards) is an outstanding young man to deal with and fashioned a record second to none for blokes his age in New Zealand. We're lucky to have him and it's an absolute pleasure to have horses with Te Akau and David (Ellis) and Jamie and all the team there. 

“I've always found him wonderful to get on with and it's very rare in this business that you find a person of his ability and they've got no ego - no axe to grind. It's all about training horses and doing the best possible job, and working in with people, which is a really fantastic attitude to have.

“We've also given Jamie another I Am Invincible filly, just turned two, and she's already been through the stable, looks pretty nice, and is now home for a spell.”

Vamos Bebe was strapped by Reece Trumper.

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