Reibey Lodge owner Rob Dixon struck gold when he bought Marina Miss for $23,000 at the NZ Bloodstock National Broodmare Sale in 2007.
Dixon sent Marina Miss to Not A Single Doubt the following year and came up trumps with Arenzano who won the $50,000 Jackson Motors 3YO Cup (1200m) in Launceston on Wednesday evening.
Arenzano (3f Not A Single Doubt – Marina Miss by Grand Lodge) is the most promising filly seen out for many a year in Tasmania. She crossed from an outside gate in the 3YO Cup and then lifted a gear when jockey Anthony Darmanin asked for an extra effort in the straight.
She bolted in by next to four lengths over What Life Brings (Savoire Vivre) and Mister John (Strada).
Arenzano is trained by Barry Campbell and is unbeaten in four starts this season. She won her maiden by 15 lengths at Devonport in September clocking a track-record 59.40s for 1000m.
Campbell will set her for LR Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) in Launceston on January 2. He bought her for $60,000 from the Reibey Lodge draft at the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions. The Spreyton trainer was acting on behalf of Star Thoroughbreds manager Denise Martin – his wife Anne and Denise are sisters.
Dixon is vice-president of Tasbreeders and operates Reibey Lodge with his wife Liz on the banks of the North Esk River near Launceston. The rich alluvial flats provide a perfect environment for growing out foals.
“We have a half-dozen mares down here and it’s a real thrill to have bred such a good filly as Arenzano,” Dixon said on Thursday. “She did it at both ends last night and Barry thinks she will be even better getting out to 1600 metres.”
Marina Miss missed for two years after delivering Arenzano but she foaled a Nadeem colt in October. “I wanted to send her back to Not A Single Doubt but he was full,” Dixon explained. “I was looking to mate her to a stallion carrying a cross to Rory’s Jester.
“It’s a nick that works and we settled on Reward For Effort at Chatswood Stud.”
– Karl Patterson
Brilliant filly wins 3YO Cup in Launceston