SUNDAY: May 26, 2019: HAWKESBURY trainer Peter Green “teed off” with Angiolini at Gosford yesterday – and hit a winner!
Green notched his second success of the season when Angiolini ($10) broke through at her 15th start after a dashing Cejay Graham ride in the Fillies & Mares Maiden Handicap (1100m).
The All Too Hard filly beat Athens ($6) and Social Smile ($12), putting an end to four minor placings.
A family friendship spawned through golf led to the experienced Hawkesbury horseman getting the Angiolini to train after she began her career at Randwick with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
She showed promise in barrier trials in her juvenile season, winning three of them, but was unable to do so when it mattered on racedays in either Victoria or New South Wales.
“My father and brother both play golf with Rob Pearce, who raced the filly with a few others earlier in her career,” Green explained today.
“He decided to buy her outright and gave her to me to train, and I turned her out for a break before putting her into work.
“I also had Angiolini in at Muswellbrook today, and thought she could win there.
“But Rob thought otherwise. He felt the filly could win at Gosford if we could claim on her, and fortunately we were able to get Cejay, whose 3kg allowance lessened the weight to 51kg.
“She rode Angiolini superbly, pushing her through near the inside. It all worked out well.”
Green paid tribute to Angiolini, whom he described as “really tough”.
“This was her eighth run for me this preparation, and she deserved to break through after being placed at three of her previous four runs.
“She has pulled up well, and I’ll monitor her over the next few days.
“I may give her one more run now that she has won her first race, but irrespective I’m confident she will be better next season after a spell.”
Green, who scored with Wild Wild West at Taree last September, has a dozen in work, most of them young horses.
”I’ve got six two-year-olds coming through, and purchased two yearlings at the Scone sale earlier this month.
“The Scissor Kick filly is the fourth foal of her dam De Lovely Lady (by Mossman), and her first three have all won.
“The Bull Point colt is out of the High Chaparral mare Diamond Fever, whose dam Dane Ripper was a champion race mare winning four Group 1s (Cox Plate, Australian Cup, Stradbroke Handicap and Manikato Stakes).
“There are still some shares available in both yearlings.”
. Husband and wife Philippe and Tara Vigouroux continued their excellent season when Cass ‘N’ Black ($4) scored at Muswellbrook today.
It was the couple’s 11th winner since the season began last August, and they are the fourth most successful trainers behind Brad Widdup (35), Scott Singleton (17) and Garry White (14).
Cass ‘N’ Black (Chris O’Brien) outlasted Victorian visitor Exflytations ($5.50) after a terrific two-horse war along the straight in the Benchmark 66 Handicap (2300m).
Hawkesbury also grabbed third placing with the Karen Outtrim-trained Captain Americain ($12).
Cass ‘N’ Black, a seven-year-old, has been a long time out of the winning list, his only previous victory being on his home track in September, 2016 in a Maiden Handicap (1800m).
But he has racked up 10 placings and, provided he continues to please, will get his chance for a city breakthrough at Royal Randwick on Saturday week in a Benchmark 78 Handicap (2400m).