Former Victorian sire Mr Martini was represented by his first winner when Another Martini scored as a short-priced favourite in the Ararat Harvey Norman Plate (2000m) on Monday.
The Robbie Griffiths trained gelding had worked home nicely in his first three runs over shorter trips at Warrnambool, Sale and Ballarat. He is Super VOBIS qualified and collected a bonus winning by a half-length from NZ bred gelding Fashion News (Pentire).
Another Martini (3g Mr Martini – Cent de Lago by Lago Delight) is the first and only foal of an unraced half-sister to the dam of G1 Underwood Stakes winner Rubiscent. Griffiths prepares him for a syndicate that includes breeders Greg Davis and Jan Lonie.
Mr Martini (Bianconi) was trained by Leon Corstens for a Group 2 victory in Melbourne (MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes) and at Group 3 in Sydney (STC Kingston Town Stakes).
He struggled for numbers at Copenhagen Stud in Tyabb and is now based in NSW. There were no registrations from his first crop and his second comprised just two named foals – Another Martini and Northern Showdown who was placed twice at Mornington in December for David Brideoake.
Mr Martini has four yearlings and more foals on the ground at Glen Beattie’s Glenrae Thoroughbreds in the Hunter Valley.