Glenn Thornton’s visiting Victorian mare Vibrant Rouge scored an upset win in last night’s Vamos Stakes 2015 at Launceston Racecourse in a gutsy, narrow result to the fillies and mares showdown.
Apprentice Damien Thornton, son of the mare’s trainer, had the ride on the Written Tycoon six-year-old from Geelong who broke a lengthy winning drought with her surprise win in the $125,000 Group 3 Armidale Stud “Needs Further” Vamos Stakes (1400m).
She hadn’t won a race since a Moonee Valley success over 1200m back in October of 2013 and went out at odds of $15.70 after having only made her Tasmanian debut last start on February 6.
That was at Hobart in the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) where she was well-beaten crossing over eight lengths away ninth behind another Victorian raider, I Love It, after a luckless run that was better than it looked on paper according to Thornton.
“She’s been struggling for form a little bit lately but that’s how it looks on paper,” the trainer told TasRacing after her win.
“But really her last run was super and her times verified that so we were disappointed initially but when we went back and reassessed it, it was a very good run in the Bow Mistress.”
Yet another visiting mare from Melbourne Lady Lakshmi jumped favourite in Wednesday night’s Vamos Stakes, but the $4.20 top elect didn’t figure into the finish when two lengths away sixth.
On the line Vibrant Rogue had just a neck to spare over the Barry Campbell-trained local Miss Middleton ($4.90) while Robbie Griffiths’ Nadeem Lass ($7.70) rounded out the Vamos Stakes trifecta just a nose further back in third.
In fourth only a length off the winner was then another local with Bill Ryan’s Sh’Bourne Spirit ($13.90) brave in defeat.
Winning hoop Thornton settled his mount midfield with the pair travelling well approaching the home turn.
She looked to get a little caught up and while it wasn’t a pretty ride, Thornton was able to find a run thanks to a gap close to the rails, the mare drawing clear and putting in a powerful late effort to take it out.
“It was an excellent result,” the jockey’s proud father said.
“Damien rode her really well.
“It’s the best feeling.
“When you’re in races like this sometimes it’s not the best ride that wins the race, it’s what you can do in the circumstances that you’re delivered and that’s what it was.
“We were going to go forward and lead and sit outside the leader but after the first hundred metres that was never gonna happen.
“But he had the smarts to take the next best option.”
The victory was enough to convince her trainer to keep her in the Apple Isle to take on Tassie’s cult galloper The Cleaner, last seen running ninth to Elite Belle in November’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth on the back of a third to Hucklebuck in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), in the $100,000 Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) on Launceston Cup Day next Wednesday.
“It was always in the back of our mind to see what happened tonight,” Thornton said.
“And the way she toughed it out, if she can just get a bit of luck (in the George Adams), and there will be plenty of pace on, she can come off a good pace and quicken.
“Look I’m not saying we can beat The Cleaner or the good three-year-old (Admiral) but at some stage you’ve got to have a go.
“She’s absolutely done enormous since she’s been here, she’s done better here than she’s done at home so just the change and the routine.”
See below for the full Vamos Stakes 2015 results and finishing order.
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2015 Vamos Stakes Results
Launceston Race 5 – 18/02/2015
|1||2||VIBRANT ROUGE||Glenn Thornton||Damien Thornton (a)||–||10||57kg||$15.70|
|2||7||MISS MIDDLETON||Barry Campbell||Ismail Toker (a)||0.2L||13||57kg||$4.90|
|3||3||NADEEM LASS||Robbie Griffiths||Ms Michelle Payne||0.3L||7||57kg||$7.70|
|4||8||SH’BOURNE SPIRIT||Bill Ryan||Brendon McCoull||1.1L||5||57kg||$13.90|
|5||10||AT THE WEEKEND||Adam Trinder||Daniel Ganderton||1.9L||12||57kg||$10.60|
|6||1||LADY LAKSHMI||Stephen Theodore||Daniel Stackhouse||2L||6||57kg||$4.20F|
|7||13||LILUKA BELLE||Bill Ryan||Luke Currie||3L||3||57kg||$51.70|
|8||12||DOWNWIND||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Anthony Darmanin||3.4L||8||57kg||$33.60|
|9||14||MERRICK’S BEAUTY||Alana Fulton||Ms Georgie Catania (a)||3.8L||2||57kg||$95|
|10||9||ALLEGRO DEHERE||Leon & Dean Wells||Bulent Muhcu (a)||4.6L||9||57kg||$53|
|11||4||GOODFUN GIRL||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||4.7L||1||57kg||$4.60|
|12||5||ANGELIC LASS||Philip Evans||Josh Cartwright (a)||5.7L||4||57kg||$24.50|
|13||11||CHI GONG||John Keys||David Pires||6.2L||14||57kg||$81.60|
|14||6||SNIPPETEE BEE||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Cory Parish||8L||11||57kg||$37.10|