Feb 08, 2013
A horse who has always shown plenty of potential, Vittoria looks ready to go right on with it after an impressive first up victory at Pakenham on Friday.
Having her first start since a Brisbane winter campaign which saw her finish third in Quintessential's Queensland Oaks, the talented four-year-old was kicking off over 1770m.
And she needed every bit of the trip, the bay settling further back than expected with the pace on.
"I would have liked to have had her handier in the running," admitted apprentice Alex Forbes, "but the went out hard."
Still towards the rear at the turn, Vittoria had the job ahead of her but she gathered in her rivals - putting her nose right out on the line to record the second victory of her 16 start career - and her first in Australia.
Kicking off her career in New Zealand, the well related daughter of Postponed was stakes placed there and fourth in Mosheen's VRC Oaks.
More mature this time around, Vittoria gave Forbes a nice feel throughout - despite being so far back.
"At the 800m she was travelling beautifully," he said - admitting however that he thought her task too big.
"I thought she could run a nice third or second from there but she showed a nice turn of foot and she ended up winning well."
Stable representative Jamie Bayliss agreed.
"Alex kept at her which was good and she really hit the line," he said, adding that the stable is looking forward to seeing Vittoria up over more ground.
"Mick has longer races in store for her and a bit of rain would be good too - the soft ground helps her."
Raced by Short Black Racing, Russell Rogers, Bernard Towson, Robyn Rogers and Develop & Invest Racing, Vittoria is out of the two times winning Marauding mare Eurotec - half sister to the stakes winners Shorblue, Kaladan and Classic Allure.