A Vintage Performance

Jun 03, 2013

It is always encouraging to see a talented horse make natural improvement from his first preparation to his next and that is just what the promising Vintage Lad - easy winner at Ballarat on Sunday - has done.

Slowly away and green when debuting with a Pakenham eighth back in February, the son of Artie Schiller progressed nicely during his break and judging by the style of his three length victory, there is more to come.

Trialling well on rain affected ground leading up to his first up run on heavy going, Vintage Lad always looked to be going well for Vlad Duric who was confident during the running.

"He travelled pretty sweetly outside of the leader," he reported, adding that after taking over at the top of the straight "he was a bit green."

That didn't stop him quickly putting pay to his rivals however!

Racing in the well known red, black and white colours of the late syndicator Harry Lawton, Vintage Lad is raced by David Inglis, Maverick Racing (manager Geoffrey McCormack), Maxine Fabian, the Royal Malvern Racing Club (manager Jeff Allis), Wayne Simmons, Damian Honiss, Sibling Rivalry (manager Jayne Benson) and Pam Lawton.

Bred by Inglis and McCormack, he is the second foal produced by the Thunder Gulch mare Armilla who also won her maiden on a wet track - as did her first foal Rouge Ribbon.

Not served last spring, Armilla - a half-sister to the tough campaigner Whiskey Decanter (winner of 23 races) has produced two full sisters (a two-year-old and a weanling) to Vintage Lad.