As the last of Wrote’s first crop of NZ foals arrive at Highview, he was represented by two winners over the weekend in the US.
Vincero (ex The Marikutana (Congrats)) continued his great season notching his fifth win from eight starts in winning over 1,400m on the dirt at Gulfstream Park West. A couple of races later, Armonico (ex Camp Surprise (Forest Camp)) broke his maiden with a storming finish.
Vincero who secured his fifth win in the last six starts was sent out as favourite and jumped well from the stalls to settle behind the leader. Approaching the turn, he was hooked three wide to challenge, and settled into a duel with the second placed horse, a battle he always looked like winning. There was a margin of about three lengths back to third.
It will be interesting to see where he goes next as he has won on both the dirt and turf over a distance range of 1,400m–1,800m. He also gives the impression he enjoys a fight.
While Vincero has become a serial race winner, a couple of races later Armonico put up a career best performance to clear his maiden. Racing on the turf over five furlongs (1,000m), he was given time to find his feet from the start, settling last off what looked a strong pace. Approaching the turn, he was close to ten lengths off the leader, but finished impressively through the field to collar the favourite just short of the line.
Wrote’s first crop of foals has matched our expectations, given the quality athlete he is in the flesh. We are looking forward to see how they progress through their infancy and are excited about his first Karaka draft in 2020.