Winning habit puts mare in black type mix
Sleeping Beauty’s immaculate run of form this preparation has the well-related mare in line for a new challenge.
The Sir Peter Vela-raced daughter of Rip Van Winkle stretched her winning sequence to four at Matamata on Saturday when she coasted away with the Russell & Yvonne Green Memorial (1200m).
|Sleeping Beauty Photo: Trish Dunell Photography|
Trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott are now understandably keen to test the five-year-old in black type company.
“We’ll have a look through and see if we can find a suitable race for her,” O’Sullivan said. “She’s a pretty handy mare who can go further.”
From the family of the multiple Group One winner Racing To Win, Sleeping Beauty was quickly into stride and was cruising under Sam Weatherley on the turn.
“Sam rated her well and got away with a couple of cheap sectionals,” O’Sullivan said. “She’s gone to another level, she’s only been out of the first two a couple of times.”
Sleeping Beauty was clear on straightening and she held a strong gallop to the wire to beat Kitaya by two and a half lengths with the favourite Deals In Heels making ground from the back for third.
“She’s flying this horse, she just keeps stepping up,” Weatherley said. “She came back nicely under me and finished off really well. There’s a black type race in her for sure.”
The 18-year-old was to have boarded a plane for Algiers after the Matamata meeting, but visa difficulties scuppered plans for him to compete in HH. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World apprentices’ championship.
Apprenticed to O’Sullivan, Weatherley would have been the first New Zealand jockey to compete in the series after New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) was earlier this year accepted into the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA). – NZ Racing Desk.