After going down as one of the beaten top fancies in last weekend’s Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m), the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydney raider Vitello will be seeking atonement in Perth staying on for a shot at the Aquanita Stakes 2013.
After promising Sydney form including a last start Randwick win carrying 59kg, Snitzel colt Vitello travelled west where they stepped up to black type company for the first time as a $3 chance in the WA Guineas.
Despite being ridden by Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver and dropping down in weights, Vitello could only manage to finish five lengths away 11th behind the impressive winner Ihtsahymn.
It was a poor run for the galloper who was caught up on the fence and forced to the back of the pack, unable to make up ground.
While on paper it was a horror finish, and one that would suggest an end to their Perth Summer Racing Carnival campaign, the stable believes Vitello is capable of improvement.
“He likes to dominate his races,” Waterhouse’s travelling foreman Mark Newham told The West Australian.
“He got into a position which was a bit foreign to him. Damien thought in hindsight he should have been more aggressive on him.
“He hadn’t ridden the horse before and he was hoping to get a sit third on the fence, and then the horse he took a sit on handed up the lead and he finished back further than he wanted to be.”
The youngster will now be given the chance to recoup their losses at Ascot again on Saturday week in the $80,000 Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) where they’ll be stepped up in distance but dropped down in class.
“He pulled up fantastic. He has won over 1800m and this race is 1800m,” Newham added.
Waterhouse’s decision rules out speculations they could have been accepted for the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic over the same track and distance that day.
The bookies definitely didn’t rate Vitello for the Group 1 having them installed as a $51 roughie in the pre-field Kingston Town Classic odds that are led by Luckygray who won last weekend’s Railway Stakes in fine style.
Vitello though should be considered a top chance for the easier Kingston Town Classic Day assignment as they won’t have to face their last start conqueror.
Instead Fred Kersley’s WA Guineas winner Ihtsahymn will take on Luckygray in the Kingston Town, the three-year-old the current second fancy in the futures markets.
It is shaping up as strictly local edition of the Kingston Town Classic this year too after Hawkesbury trainer Tony McEvoy this week ruled out a visit from his Ballarat Cup runner-up from the weekend Pelicano.
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