The Chris Waller stable will consider backing in-form colt Veladero up in the 2016 Spring Champion Stakes in a fortnight’s time after his gutsy win in the Gloaming Stakes 2016 at Rosehill Racecourse.
A nicely-bred son of Medagla D’Oro, Veladero posted his third win on the trot this campaign in his Black-Type debut on Golden Pendant Day in the $200,000 Group 3 Schweppes Gloaming Stakes (1800m).
His last run produced the mile win at Warwick Farm on September 14 and 10 days later he was back in the winners’ stall, relishing the extra distance of the Gloaming Stakes with Rory Hutchings jumping on for the Group 3 ride.
Hutchings couldn’t get the eventual Gloaming Stakes winner Veladero to settle after the jump and so allowed the up-and-coming stayer to roll forward around the outside of the Group 1 winner Prized Icon.
He hit the front with Oculist just off him on the outside of the James Cummings-trained favourite Prized Icon who settled back into third then fourth along with Coonawarra who was punching the breeze just off the front runners.
At the 1000m jockey Blake Shinn eventually got Prized Icon to settle fourth on the rails, while Waller’s other runner High Mist was travelling mid-field.
Honeywine, who was also one of the first out of the gates early from the inside alley, was also tucked up on the fence as High Mist tried to work his way into the race.
Around the bend Veladero, who had gotten all the cheap sectionals up front throughout, led the field around with the John O’Shea-trained Retaliation also getting going.
At the 300m Veladero ($13), who wasn’t giving up, had a nice kick and dug deep to beat the Godolphin-raced Honeywine ($14) who lunged late.
In a blanket finish with the rest of the runners spread across the field, the Gloaming Stakes trifecta was originally rounded out by Honeywine’s stablemate Retaliation ($31) at the big odds before a protest was upheld and the placing went to Prized Icon ($4.20).
The race panned out perfectly for the exciting frontrunner Veladero as the pace slowed up between the 1000m and 800m giving the backmarkers no chance to work into the finish.
“Things didn’t really go to plan,” Hutchings said post-win.
“He wanted to pull against me, so I let him roll to the front.
“It was a tough effort to hold them off.”
The Gloaming Stakes has proved a good guide for the $1.5 million Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m) down at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in recent years, and Hutchings said early indications were that Veladero could get out to a trip.
“If he settles better, he’s definitely going to get a lot further,” he said.
“He’s racing in solid form and you can only go off of that.
“Hopefully things can just carry on from here.”
Waller’s stable rep Charlie Duckworth was full of post-win praise for Hutchings’ ride and the horse.
“He [Hutchings] knows the track well and knows the horse well,” he said.
“It was an exceptional effort by the horse as well.”
The obvious next-up target for Veladero would be the $500,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 8, which Duckworth confirmed would be considered.
“I’m not going to give anything away, but there are the options of doing it,” he said.
“We’ll see how he comes out of this.
“He certainly wasn’t stopping at the post there and he was strong through the line.”
Waller won the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with Vanbrugh (2015).
Other recent winners of the double are It’s A Dundeel (2012) and Complacent (2013), so to back Veladero to be the next at the right price head to Ladbrokes.com.au!
2016 Gloaming Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 24/09/2016
|1||5||VELADERO||Chris Waller||Rory Hutchings||–||6||56.5kg||$14|
|2||8||HONEYWINE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.2L||1||56.5kg||$14|
|3||1||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Blake Shinn||0.3L||3||56.5kg||$3.80|
|4||4||RETALIATION||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||0.5L||5||56.5kg||$26|
|5||9||TUMULTUOUS||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||0.6L||8||56.5kg||$19|
|6||2||SWEAR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||0.8L||10||56.5kg||$3.40F|
|7||3||HIGH MIST||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||1.5L||2||56.5kg||$3.80|
|8||10||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Ms Winona Costin||10.2L||7||54.5kg||$81|
|9||6||COONAWARRA||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||10.7L||4||56.5kg||$19|
|10||7||OCULIST||John Sargent||Joshua Parr||11.2L||9||56.5kg||$20|