Melbourne Racing


5th January 2016

TRENT MASENHELDER (@tmase04) looks at an interesting set of youngsters, who will debut on Wednesday.



Bella Vino – Race 1, No.1

This two-year-old filly is a daughter of champion sire Exceed And Excel, from Pins mare Bella Valentina, who had 21 career starts for three wins and six minor placings and $118,274 in prizemoney. The highlight of her career was her victory in the 2008 Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville. The Gary Portelli-trained bay, who will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla, is a $155,000 purchase from the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale. She has had a fairly easy time of it in three trials leading into her first start, and is rated a $17 chance with Ladbrokes.

Portelli said: “I like her a lot. She’s showed me a lot of ability from day one. She can blow the start, so that is a concern. If she jumps well and handles the wet track, I expect her to go close.”



Theopoly – Race 5, No.7

This is the seventh named foal of Mukaddamah mare Thermopylae, who won one of her nine starts – a 1300m maiden at Toowoomba in 2002, by speed sire Falvelon. His half-sister, Vipera Gold (by Golden Snake) won the Listed Nudgee Handicap (1200m) in 2012 on a Heavy10, which is important with Doomben expected to be Heavy on Wednesday. The Lynn Tipper-trained gelding, who will be ridden by Shane Shield, trialled at Deagon on December 15 over 1000m, winning in 1:02.780. Sportsbet has him at $26.

Tipper said: “He’s a nice horse. The wet track is the query. His half-sister (Vipera Gold) won on it, but until they race on it, you never know if they handle it. His Deagon trial win was good and he’s come on with another jump out since.”


With The Stars – Race 5, No.12

Trained by David Kelly on the Gold Coast, this filly is a daughter of Denmarket. Her dam, Tycoon Tango (by Last Tycoon), won the Listed Timaru Cup (1600m) in New Zealand in 2001 and was third in the Listed Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton in 2002. This is her sixth named foal. Daniel Griffin takes the ride for her debut. With The Stars has impressed in two trials. She is unwanted in betting, a $41 chance with Sportsbet.

Kelly said: “She’s a go-forward horse with a good deal of speed. She’ll be on the pace somewhere. She’s shown she has a bit of ability. If the track is too wet, we won’t run.”



Reigning Beers – Race 2, No.6

Whenever Tony McEvoy has a runner on debut, it’s usually kept safe in betting, especially in Adelaide. And that’s the case here with this three-year-old son of De Beers, the $4,20 second favourite with Sportsbet. His dam, Reigning Belle (by Military Plume), won the Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m) in 1997. This is her 10th named foal. A bay gelding, Reigning Beers has had three easy trials ahead of his first start. Jamie Kah takes the sit here.



Leapold – Race 2, No. 8

By Universal Ruler from Old Spice mare Old Model, this is a half-brother to 2013 Listed Bunbury Cup winner Destroy (by Natural Blitz). A four-year-old trained by William Godecke, Leapold is is Old Model’s sixth named foal and cost $40,000 at Perth’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale Session 2 in 2013. He has had four trials, two in 2014 and two last year, and is rated a $34 chance with Sportsbet. Shaun McGruddy will ride the gelding on Wednesday.

Godecke said: “He’s very green. He’s had all sorts of problems from shin soreness to crashing through a fence. He’s sound now, so I’ll take him to town and see what he does.”


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