Mar 04, 2015
Treated with plenty of respect by punters, Black Velveteen was kept very safe as equal second favourite in the 1400m maiden at Sandown on Wednesday - and she duly rewarded her supporters with a stunning performance.
Having only her second start, and her first since late December, the attractive daughter of Domesday drifted back from a wide gate but was always travelling sweetly for Luke Nolen.
Still last turning, Black Velveteen swung widest into the straight and over the final 200m really charged - picking up her rivals close to home before racing away to win by an impressive 3/4 length.
Also good at debut when finishing on well for fourth after finding trouble in running, Black Velveteen is a horse held in high regard by the stable.
"I really like her," Michael Kent enthused, "she is a filly with a fair bit of scope and she is coming up at the right time - I think she will get a bit of ground and hopefully she will make into an Adelaide Oaks filly."
Raced by Pat Larkin, Michael Choueifate, Geoffrey Parslow, Shaun Frost, Phillip Lee, M Appleton, S Appleton, Karen Sofoclis, Brian Johnson, Adam Talbot, Mark Burgess, Brittain Racing, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Pty Ltd, SCG Racing Pty Ltd, Maverick Racing and Love Racing, Black Velveteen is a home-bred for several of her owners who also raced her dam Mrs Kravitz.
A lightly raced Distant Music mare who was well thought of, Mrs Kravitz has also produced winner Host Me. Served last spring by Dalakhani, she is a daughter of the stakes winner Super Snooper, also dam of the Listed winner Forest Spy.
This is a historic Australian family with Black Velveteen's seventh dam being the great broodmare Oceana - dam of the champion brothers Todman and Noholme.