A Vintage Performance

Jul 28, 2014

It was a joy to watch Vintage Lad at Sandown on Sunday, the lightly raced and talented four-year-old always travelling sweetly positioned nicely behind the leader.

And the race became all the more enjoyable when, after being challenged from the 300m, he gave a nice kick at the 100m - finding plenty to hold off his rivals by a gutsy length.

In doing so Vintage Lad recorded the fourth win of his consistent 14 start career, one which has also seen him fill placings on three occasions.

Also a winner at Ballarat, Mornington and Kilmore, Vintage Lad had been city placed on a couple of occasions and was deserving of his first metropolitan success.

Appreciating a rise in distance, the gelding did a good job to win having suffered a couple of set-backs this time in.

"He has had a chequered preparation," Michael Kent said, adding that "we have been schooling him to keep him up to the mark."

Kent was as excited for jockey Katelyn Mallyon as he was for the horse, happy to have played a part in her second Victorian apprentices title.

"I am really pleased for her," he said, noting that her ride was a particularly good one.

"He is best ridden forward to make the most of his stamina," he said.

"Often he has been held up and he just doesn't quiken enough."

Mallyon was happy with what she described as "a great season" and happy to be aboard Vintage Lad.

"He put himself into a really good spot and switched off nicely,"  she said.

"When the other horse came up to him he really dug deep and it was a very good win."

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.

He is by the Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller out of the city placed winner Armilla from a prolific international family whose members include the local Group One winning successful stallions Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Thanks to Bruno Cannatelli for the winning photo.