Vincere Wins Valiantly

Date: 10 Jan 2021

Vincere Wins Valiantly

Perfectly placed to advance, Vincere (4 m Pins - Lasting Luck, by Iglesia) recorded her second victory during this campaign in the $22,500 Rating 65 1400 metres on Saturday at Awapuni.

Having drawn clear for deserved Maiden success over 1400 metres on 3 December at New Plymouth, and finished second to stable-mate Campionessa (Contributer) in the Rating 65 1400 metres on 23 December at Matamata, trainer Jamie Richards found an ideal race for the grey mare.

Shortening in the market from $5.00 to return $2.70 fixed, Vincere also benefitted from the run of the race under Danielle Johnson, aboard when she won at New Plymouth, and once presented she cleared out to win by a widening margin.

Furthermore, stable-mate Lucky Shark (Darci Brahma), who missed the start by eight lengths, put up an enormous performance to finish fourth, while Vincere scored by three and a half lengths. 

In the race sponsored by Southern Rangitikei Veterinary Services, Vincere ran the 1400 metres on Dead4 footing in a slick 1:22.7, comparable to the Open 1400 metres (1:22.4), and enhanced her record to two wins, two seconds, and a third, from six starts, for owners David and Hamish Coleman.

“She's a promising mare and it was another nice win,” Richards said. “She has good form lines, won really well at Taranaki, from back in field, and good effort behind Campionessa at Matamata, who we think is a filly that's above average.

“She'd trained well leading up to today and performed up to expectations. She's earned a short break now and we'll aim her towards the autumn. She hasn't been the most straightforward or soundest mares, but we'll continue to work on that and hopefully she's open to further improvement. 

“Unfortunately, Lucky Shark missed the kick and cost himself any chance and the other two we brought down (Challa & Supreme Khan) both ran second. So the team is going well, with the staff doing the hard yards and the horses are getting the results.” 

Vincere was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM for $115,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Waikato Stud.

Following her Maiden victory, Ellis had said: â€œI thought she was a really good value filly at the yearling sales. 

“I bought her to syndicate and David Coleman, who has been a very good friend of mine for 45 years, rang me at the sales and said he wanted to buy a nice filly. I recommended her, and he and his son Hamish bought her. 

“She was bred by Angelique Bridson and Kerrie Cox, who is the Bloodstock Manager at Waikato Stud and one of the best at her job anywhere in the world. 

“I'm thrilled not only for the owners, but also two great women that bred the filly and have each done so much for our breeding industry.”

Ellis has spent the week continuing to inspect yearlings ahead of the Karaka 2021 Yearling Sales (24 - 28 January) at Karaka, where he is odds-on to retain his mantle as leading buyer for the 16thconsecutive year.

While Ellis has the support of breeders in the Te Akau training operation, a vast majority of the thoroughbred firepower is sought by him at sales in New Zealand and Australia, and the dominance trainer Jamie Richards has in all facets of the Trainers Premiership is true testament to the quality of horses he buys. 

Vincere was strapped by Joe Kamaruddin. 

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