No stopping unbeaten Volpe
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.
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.