Berganza Sings A Winning Note

Dec 30, 2014

Patience paid dividends when Berganza broke through for an overdue maiden victory at Yarra Valley on Monday, the chestnut saluting in easy fashion at her tenth start.

Doing a good job rising in class, tackling ratings company without a maiden victory to her name, Berganza was sent out at nice odds but always looked the winner in running.

Settling nicely on the rails behind the leaders, the four-year-old was eased off the fence early in the straight by our in-form apprentice Ben Thompson and she was soon in the lead – proving too strong for favourite Three Bears.

Thompson was delighted to guide home his 24th winner – “it is a big thrill to get another winner for the stable, I am very lucky to have the support,” he said.

And he was happy to see Berganza in winning from – “she may not be the most gifted horse in the stable but what she lacks in ability she makes up for with heart.”

Noting that the daughter of Shaft “is not the easiest horse to train,” Thompson paid credit to the mare’s regular track rider Beau Mertens who could not take the winning ride, recovering from a recent fall.

“It has been a good effort from Beau and the stable,” he said.

A home-bred for Dr Greg Anderson, Berganza is the second foal of the city winning Rancho Ruler mare La Carmencita. She is also dam of the talented Escamillo who was sold to Hong Kong after an impressive Sandown victory in late May.