The winning run for Vinery sire Press Statement continued on Tuesday when his filly Victorella scored second-up at Newcastle for trainer Kim Waugh.
She was knocking on the door after an unlucky placing on debut but eased from red figures to a shade of odds-against prior to the Hunter Valley Premier Meats Maiden (1200m). Jockey Jay Ford let her loom up in the straight and she worked home strongly to win by a half-length from the early leader Hasalake (Delago Deluxe).
Victorella (3f Press Statement – Waveline by Stravinsky) was a $50,000 buy from Middlebrook Valley Lodge for Belmont Bloodstock and Aston Bloodstock’s Wilf Mula at the 2019 Inglis Classic Sale. “She’s a lovely filly but is six months away,” Waugh said. “She had done well in the stable since her first start and I thought we could win one before sending her out for a break. There’s plenty of upside and she relished the step up to 1200m.
“Being a November foal, she’s still maturing but has potential. And it’s good to get an early result for Wilf today.”
Victorella’s dam Waveline (USA) was a stakes winner at Hollywood Park and has already thrown the All Too Hard winning fillies Wisama and Waimea Bay. The latter was also Stakes-placed in a Canberra Guineas LR.
Mula and his wife Rosemary have raced numerous top-flight gallopers including Group 1 winners Flying Artie (Coolmore Stud Stakes) and Roman Emperor (AJC Derby) who was owned in partnership with Bart Cummings.
Press Statement is on a roll with 7 individual winners in the last 7 weeks around Australia. He’s also sired first-crop winners in NZ and South Africa.
Vinery stands Press Statement for a $13,750 (inc GST) service fee, payable on a live foal. For further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).