2014 Grand Prix Stakes Results – Stunning Victory for Vilanova

May 24th, 2014

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.

Vilanova put on a great show to win the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Vilanova put on a great show to win the 2014 Grand Prix Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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