Vallone, a half-brother to the Group One winner Lucia Valentina, kicked off the weekend nicely with a win on debut at Rotorua on Friday. He ran through the line strongly in a maiden 1400 metres and will enjoy going over further distance, possibly stepping up to 1600 metres at his next start.
A close relation to Vallone is the four-year-old Mighty Solomon who stood no show of winning at Awapuni on Saturday under punitive handicapping which saw him carry 59 kilos. He ran a brave seventh and finished well.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bomsa, “I have made a strongly worded protest to the NZTR and we hope to see his rating dropped so he can once again be competitive. He is very harshly treated against his peers.”
In an exciting double billing, Seize the Moment ran second and Thorn Pass ran fourth in the Café Cuba Premier 1400 metres at the same meeting. Both horses would have liked a bit more rain but their ability carried them a long way.
Albert considers that the wide barrier draw cost Seize the Moment the win. “He actually also lost a plate en route so his placing was even more impressive.”
Thorn Pass was very good fresh over a distance short of his best. He was just behind mid field on the rail, ran clear late and made super ground with Opie Bosson on board. According to Albert, “He should win next start and Opie is keen to stick with him.”
Earlier in the day, it was a case of “This Time Rodney” as the dam’s name suggested for Silver Rod winning the Maiden 1400 metres at Ellerslie at just his 4th start. He is a big horse and will only get better with more racing and time.