Volpe Ve­loce’s stun­ning re­turn

Matamata Chronicle - - Puz­zles - DENNIS RYAN

‘‘She's not the eas­i­est to get a line on as she only ever gal­lops on her own in train­ing and we never ask her to overdo it.’’

With a record of seven wins from eight starts it could be sug­gested that Volpe Ve­loce had lit­tle to prove when she lined up at Te Rapa on Satur­day for her first start of the sea­son.

But past achieve­ments meant noth­ing to train­ers Gra­ham Richard­son and Gavin Parker; what mat­tered to them was how she per­formed in the lead-up to her first Group One test in a month’s time.

They could hardly have wished for more as Volpe Ve­loce out­classed her open sprint ri­vals and won with a min­i­mum ef­fort.

The em­phatic mes­sage was that she is right on tar­get for her clash with some of the coun­try’s best gal­lop­ers in the Tarzino Tro­phy at Hast­ings on Septem­ber 2.

She is now the $5 sec­ond favourite for the weight-for-age fea­ture, one point be­hind de­fend­ing cham­pion Kawi.

‘‘It was a great re­sult to see her do that,’’ says Gra­ham.

‘‘She’s not the eas­i­est to get a line on as she only ever gal­lops on her own in train­ing and we never ask her to overdo it.

‘‘That’s what worked for her when she was win­ning them in a row last sea­son and I fig­ured why would you change any­thing?

‘‘The Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa in a fort­night is a tra­di­tional lead-up to Hast­ings, but with her we just pre­ferred to give her a longer space from her first-up run. Now we’ve got a month to tick her over and hope­fully turn up at Hast­ings ready to go.’’

Volpe Ve­loce, who Gra­ham stretched his cheque book to pur­chase for $240,000 as a year­ling and then took a year to syn­di­cate her, won her only two starts as a two-year-old and last sea­son added high­light wins in the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Clas­sic, Gr. 3 Eu­logy Stakes and Listed Karaka 3Y0 Mile.

Her un­beaten run ended at start num­ber eight – and her first be­yond 1600 me­tres – when she fin­ished fourth in the Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic at Te Rapa in Fe­bru­ary, but her re­turn bout at the same venue sent a clear mes­sage that she’s ready to rumble on the big stage again.


Volpe Ve­loce shows her class with a stun­ning fresh-up win at Te Rapa on Satur­day.

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