Headline act Dolcetto does it again
Exceptional five-year-old Dolcetto took his career to another level at Awapuni where he comfortably put away a talented field of black type hopefuls.
The son of Per Incanto opened his stakes account with victory in Saturday’s Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile and, in doing so, the gelding stretched his winning sequence to five.
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“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Sylvia Kay, who proudly wears three hats as the co-breeder, part-owner and trainer of Dolcetto.
She was also delighted to see her pride and joy successful in his first outing beyond 1400m.
“I’m pleased to see him get the extra distance,” Kay said. “It’s been hard because he’s had sore feet, but he’s a tough beggar and he had been working really well.”
Dolcetto was ridden on the pace by regular jockey Samantha Collett and following the well-supported Francaletta before angling wider for the better part of the track.
“He was brilliant today and Sam had the winning plan,” Kay said.
Dolcetto ambled up to challenge 300 metres from home and he forged clear for his seventh win in 10 appearances.
“We’ll get over today and see how he is and then go from there,” Kay said.
The multiple Group One placegetter Authentic Paddy, who gave the winner four kilos, was once again brave in finishing runner-up.
The last-start Rating 75 winner Rosewood rushed home for third and an all-important black type credit ahead of Our Bandit and Francaletta, who led at the top of the straight. – NZ Racing Desk.