In an absolutely incredible display of suppressed skill, Vilanova proved to all his doubters that he truly is a star horse. Vilanova took out the Group 3 2014 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) by several lengths in a fantastic swoop that left the field standing.
There was a very tight photo finish for second and third, with Rudy taking out the second prize and Pinstripe Lane settling for a disappointing third.
Amexed seemed set to have a very good run down the inside but in the end wasn’t able to find his second breath.
Immediately after the race, jockey Nash Rawiller said that Vilanova was “a lot stronger horse than last time I rode him”. He was full of praise for the young gelding who today truly came out of his shell, saying that he was “hitting his straps at the right time” and while “a little bit hot and cold” he still managed to impress us all with a stunning victory.
Worth a total of $150,000, $96,000 will go to the Vilanova consortium, making this a very decent payday for the New Zealand horse’s owners.
Still to run on the race card today are the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m).
2014 Grand Prix Stakes Results
|1||1||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||–||14||57kg||$15|
|2||6||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||3.5L||12||57kg||$16|
|3||2||RUDY||Helen Page||Hugh Bowman||3.6L||1||57kg||$6.50|
|4||4||AMEXED (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||4L||3||57kg||$3.20F|
|5||14||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Donna Logan||Mark Du Plessis||5.5L||13||55kg||$4|
|6||9||AUBERGE||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||5.7L||8||57kg||$11|
|7||11||ARKI||Kelly Doughty||Damian Browne||6.2L||11||57kg||$21|
|8||5||BRING BACK||Mark Ashby||Glen Boss||6.4L||2||57kg||$31|
|9||3||GLORIOUS LAD (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Tye Angland||7.4L||5||57kg||$10|
|10||15||ROSEY JOAN||David J Lawlor||Ric McMahon||8.7L||9||55kg||$81|
|11||10||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Jim Byrne||9.5L||6||57kg||$81|
|12||8||COLONEL CARRERA (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Rory Hutchings||9.6L||7||57kg||$51|
|13||13||ROCK SCENT||Kelly Schweida||Michael Cahill||11.1L||10||57kg||$151|
|14||12||ALL HOST||Les Kelly||Patrick Holmes||29.1L||4||57kg||$151|
|Scr||7||TAKEWING||Jason Coyle||Timothy Bell||–||0||–|