Vittoria Sydney Cup bound

Mar 15, 2013

Talented enought - when not quite mature - to run a gallant third in last year's Gr.1 Queensland Oaks, exciting mare Vittoria has come back all the bigger and stronger this preparation.

Impressing with a fast-finishing first up Pakenham victory in early February, the promising four-year-old brought that form to town on Friday night - finding the line in determined fashion to claim victory in Moonee Valley's opening event, the Chandler McLeod Handicap.

With the pace on early, Vittoria sat a clear last for Jackie Beriman who sat patiently as the mare found her footing.

"She just lobbed out," she said, "but once she caught up she travelled super."

Taking off at the 800m, Vittoria travelled quickly to outside the pace where she stayed until turning into the straight a couple of lengths behind the leader Blue Ribbon.

Gradually wearing that consistent mare down, Vittoria got the upper hand late - her winning margin not a big one - but it was soft.

"She let down really well and just too good," said Beriman.

Due to have contested a 2500m event at Moonee Valley a couple of weeks ago, Vittoria sprung a shoe - stepping on a nail. The set-back didn't prove too costly however, the mare in great shape for her 2000m challenge.

She will step up to the 2500m at Moonee Valley in a couple of week's time and from there she hopefully will progress to the Sydney Cup.

"She is a bit better with the cut out of the track," he said, "so if it rains in Sydney we will definitely take her up there."

Raced by Short Black Racing, Russell Rogers, Bernard Towson, Robyn Rogers and Develop & Invest Racing, Vittoria is by Postponed out of the two times winning Marauding mare Eurotec - half sister to the stakes winners Shorblue, Kaladan and Classic Allure.