Evergreen galloper Fiumicino (NZ) may have been given a reprieve from retirement after his Listed victory in the McKell Cup (2400m) at Randwick.
The Team Hawkes gelding has been racing for seven seasons in Australia, a testament to his resilience and love of racing. During his illustrious career, Fiumicino has won the G1 Australian Derby and G1 BMW Stakes and he’s burst back into form with Listed wins in the Underwood Cup and McKell Cup this season.
In a remarkable career, Fiumicino has won 7 of his 46 career starts for stakes earnings of $3.08 million.
Fiumicino (9g Zabeel – Latte by Maroof) was bred by Graham de Gruchy in conjunction with Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and was purchased by his owner Nick Moraitis from Cambridge Stud at NZ Bloodstock’s 2005 Karaka Premier Sale for $425,000.
“He ran his heart out on Saturday and he’s been a great horse for the Horlicks family, the Hawkes team and Nick Moraitis,” said de Gruchy. “He went without a win for almost three years before he won the Underwood Cup late last year and he has had issues with his tendons as well so it’s great to see him back in winning form this season.”
Fiumicino is a grandson of de Gruchy’s famous race mare Horlicks who won the Japan Cup. The Hawke’s Bay based breeder has enjoyed a successful season having also bred Tremec (Zabeel), another grandson of Horlicks who won the G2 Chairman’s Handicap in April.
“It’s fantastic to see the Horlicks family still producing top horses,” said de Gruchy. “Tremec has enjoyed a successful season and he has climbed his way through the grades very quickly since the start of the year and is now one of the more exciting young stayers in Australasia at present.”
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes commented that Fiumicino still showed that spark and love for racing and given Saturday’s result, a crack at the G2 Brisbane Cup is now on the cards.