Purcentage lived up to some high expectations with a brilliant victory in the NZB Pearl Series Maiden (1200m) at Avondale on Wednesday.
The daughter of Vinery freshman Onemorenomore had won two catch-weight hit-outs last September and returned for a five length barrier trial victory on June 19. She was a medium of a significant fixed-odds plunge on Wednesday morning and that support was right on the money.
Purcentage (2f Onemorenomore – Spurcent by Flying Spur) went straight to front and, despite being tackled mid-race, was always travelling smoothly for jockey Craig Grylls. She extended in the straight and cruised clear to score by three and a half lengths.
“She’s a nice filly and I’m very happy with that,” trainer Graham Richardson said. “She can step up to a black-type race in the not too distant future but we will let her do the talking.”
Purcentage was part of Vinery’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions National Foal Sale on the Gold Coast where she made $105,000 to the bid of Kiwi agent Michael Wallace. The filly was pin-hooked for the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale and was bought by Richardson for $250,000.
Her dam Spurcent was a Listed winner of the 2002 Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick and she is a half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1 winner Glorious Days. Her yearling by Vinery sire Husson sold for $55,000 at the Perth Magic Millions in February.
Onemorenomore sired his first winner in Perth with promising youngster Tonto. He is being set for the G2 WA Guineas after a four-length victory at Ascot.
Vinery will stand Onemorenomore for a $13,200 (inc gst) fee this year. He is a son of Vinery foundation sire Red Ransom and was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.