Water Loves The Wet!
May 26, 2016
It was her first crack at a heavy track and judging by the style of her dominant victory at Werribee on Thursday, it is going to be a good winter for the tiny but tough Virginia Water.
Having her first run since the spring, the daughter of Reset (pictured) has always shown ability with her best runs last time in coming on tracks with the sting out - and so out she went in readiness to return for this time of year.
Travelling nicely towards the rear of the field for Beau Mertens - her regular work partner - Virginia Water hooked out wide into the straight and away she went, quickly gathering in her rivals before drawing clear to salute by an impressive 2 1/2 lengths.
"She is quite small but she does handle these heavy tracks," Mertens said, adding that he was confident throughout the running of the 1635m BM58 event.
"The plan was to come with one swooping run and once she got into the clear she really found and her straps and let down. She put them away pretty easily."
Mertens said that Virginia Water will "definitely improve" as she steps up further in distance and Michael Kent agreed - "she is bred to stay and she loved that track so hopefully we get more of them through the winter."
"It was great for her owners to win today as they have her dam and her sister," he said, adding that light weights may be the key for Virginia Water; "there is not much of her as you can see!"
A look at the replay reiterates this, Virginia Water a couple of hands smaller than the horse next to her - but for what she lacks in stature she makes up for in heart and determination.
Raced by Philip Wooldridge, Anne Wooldridge, Paul O'Sullivan and Jenny O'Sullivan, Virginia Water was bred by The Wooldridges out of their classy mare Clandon.
Also a member of the Kent stable, Clandon won eight races, five of those at metropolitan level and she has kicked off her stud career in good style with Virigina Water being her first foal.
Given this year off, Clandon produced a "lovely" Americain colt last November. She has a two-year-old full brother (Brooklands) to Virginia Water and a half-sister (Abinger) by Teofilo.
It is a great achievement for the Wooldridges to breed another winning generation as they not only also bred and raced Clandon but also her three times city winning dam Knaphill and that mare's stakes placed dam Wych Hill Way.