VINERY Stud had cause for a double celebration when Novacastrian mare Sunset Coast scored a brave win in last night’s STC Rydges Parramatta Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury.
The Kris Lees-trained galloper is a strikingly reminiscent daughter of Vinery resident Dubleo.
As well as clocking up another metro winner for her sire, Vinery share in the ownership of Sunset Coast with long-time Lees stable client and successful breeder Bob Hannon.
Sunset Coast’s win was a fitting reward for several close-calls – in fact, she has been placed second by a half-length or less on four occasions including two in town.
“She is a typical Dubleo. She is a very consistent and genuine mare who tries hard in her races,” Vinery’s Conor Phelan said.
“She had to stave off a couple of serious challengers last night on either side of her but she dug deep and got the prize.”
Sunset Coast is one of 25 individual winners for Dubleo in Australia with 2 wins and 7 placings from only 11 starts.
She is a member of the former US track star’s first crop, one which also included Vinery’s outstanding mare Dubleanny who has won five of her seven starts including the Listed VRC Creswick Stakes (1200m).
”Dubleanny has been back in work with Mick Price for a little while now and is coming to hand nicely,” says Phelan.
The Dubleo gallopers win capped off a great night for Vinery stallions with Testa Rossa scoring a metropolitan double.