No stop­ping un­beaten Volpe

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DEN­NIS RYAN

You could ex­cuse Gra­ham Richard­son for be­ing on ten­ter­hooks every time Volpe Ve­loce lines up at the races.

As the wins pile up, un­beaten horses be­come the tar­get of grow­ing scru­tiny from those on the out­side look­ing for chinks in the ar­mour or down­play­ing what might have al­ready been achieved. The stats go­ing into Sun­day’s $250,000 Karaka 3YO Mile were un­de­ni­able – six wins from six starts, the last of them the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Clas­sic at Eller­slie on Box­ing Day.

The odds of pre­serv­ing her un­beaten record looked slim with 300 me­tres to run and Michael Cole­man, pinch-hit­ting for Volpe Ve­loce’s sus­pended reg­u­lar rider Johnathan Parkes, must have mo­men­tar­ily dreaded the thought of be­ing the man on top when her win­ning se­quence ended. How­ever she proved up to the chal­lenge as she fought off a de­ter­mined chal­lenge from Melody Belle’s sta­ble­mate Heroic Valour and claimed win num­ber seven by a nose.

Two years af­ter Gra­ham Richard­son had put his neck on the line by pay­ing $240,000 for the big bay filly at the Karaka sales, Volpe Ve­loce’s stake-earn­ings are now a touch un­der $300,000, while her ac­tual value would con­ser­va­tively be at least three times her pur­chase price.

The chal­lenge now is to prove her­self at dis­tances fur­ther than 1600 me­tres, with the 2000-me­tre Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic at Te Rapa on Satur­day week next on her dance card.

NZ RAC­ING DESK

Volpe Ve­loce (near­est, Michael Cole­man) makes it seven from seven with a lunge for the like to beat Heroic Valour in the Karaka 3YO Mile.

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