Norzita has claimed the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse today April 6, 2013.
The three-year-old outlasted her rivals over the 2,000 metre race to win by almost half a length in front of Longport, who was gallant in second, and Habibi, who passed the post in third.
Norzita, who was the $3 favourite to win the 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes at bookmaker.com.au, has now won four of her nine career runs and earned more than $760,000 in prize money.
It was the second Group 1 victory for the Thorn Park filly, who won the $400,000 Flight Stakes at Royal Randwick last October.
Longport also finished second to Norzita on that occasion.
Co-trainer James Cummings was at the track to watch Norzita win the 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes.
“She had to do it the tough way,” he said.
“I’m very proud to see her win today.
“That was dominant enough for us.
“We’ll be switching back and I think she’ll be extremely effective at 1,600 (metres).
“Not many flight stakes winners come to this race and those that do do well.
“She’s a class above.”
Jockey Hugh Bowman could not hold back his praise Norzita following her 2013 Vinery Stud Stakes win.
“I’ve had two rides on her for two Group 1 wins,” Bowman said.
“She thoroughly deserved the victory.
“She arrived there easy.
“I was worried momentarily when she didn’t put the other horse away but she was strong late.”
Norzita is now most likely head to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on April 20, 2013, however, the ATC Australian Oaks on the same day also remains a possibility.
“If she decides to go to the Oaks she’ll win that,” Bowman said.
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2013 Vinery Stud Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||NORZITA (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman||–||7||56kg||$3F|
|2||5||LONGPORT||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||0.4L||8||56kg||$26|
|3||4||HABIBI (NZ)||Donna Logan||Vinnie Colgan||3.2L||3||56kg||$4.20|
|4||13||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||5.9L||2||56kg||$51|
|5||2||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||6L||14||56kg||$6|
|6||1||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||6.4L||10||56kg||$12|
|7||9||SUMMERBLISS||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||7.1L||9||56kg||$16|
|8||7||YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Vlad Duric||7.2L||11||56kg||$10|
|9||11||CAMPANIA||Garry Frazer||Tommy Berry||7.5L||4||56kg||$201|
|10||15||PURPLE MUSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10.4L||1||56kg||$51|
|11||6||ALZORA||David Hayes||James McDonald||10.9L||5||56kg||$18|
|12||14||SHE’S A GIRL||Steve Englebrecht||Nathan Berry||11.7L||12||56kg||$151|
|13||8||CAMEO||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||11.8L||6||56kg||$41|
|14||12||HOYBELL||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||15.8L||13||56kg||$91|