Landmark double for Vinery Stud

There’s Only One put the finishing touches on a landmark afternoon for Vinery Stud in the G3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

All Too Hard won the G1 C F Orr Stakes at his first run in Vinery’s colours and There’s Only One became the 44th stakes winner for Vinery sire Testa Rossa in the final race of the day.  “She is a tough little mare,” jockey Daniel Stackhouse said.  “I’ve got a great strike rate on her.”

There’s Only One (5m Testa Rossa – Aunty Hilda by Nassipour) powered home to prevail in a blanket finish over Loveyamadly and Koonoomoo.  It improved her record to 9 wins in 19 starts and Stackhouse has been aboard in 6 of those victories.

“I’ve considered retiring her several times,” trainer Peter Moody revealed after the mare’s first-up victory.  “The 1200 metres was probably short of her best but it suited the swoopers and she was very strong late.”

There’s Only One was last seen finishing third in the LR Winter Championship Final (1600m) at Flemington.  She is a homebred for Mario Papanastasiou and is raced in partnership with Rod Nicholson, Tom Carroll, Paul Stokie and Matt Tripp.

Her NZ bred dam Aunty Hilda won 6 races for Papanastasiou along the border at Albury and Corowa.  She has a 2yo colt and a yearling colt by Danerich and was covered by Statue Of Liberty in October.

Meanwhile, Testa Rossa’s international mare Ortensia is also ready to resume from a spell.  Connections will start her first-up in Melbourne or wait for a title defence of the G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.

– Karl Patterson