Livorno Express lights up Cranbourne

Mungrup Stud’s draft for the Perth Magic Millions received an interstate update when Livorno Express won the SEN 1116 Plate (1000m) under lights at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Livorno Express (3f Danehill Express – Livorno by Clay Hero) has a younger half-sister by Due Sasso catalogued as Lot 325 for the Magic Millions next month.  “This filly is progressing very nicely,” trainer Jason Warren said.  “She just wanted to jump and run when the Perth boys sent her over last year but she’s starting to relax now.”

The Sunspeed bred filly had faded from the front-end at her first two starts earlier this season before a spring spell.  “We sent her to Stony Creek last week but she knocked up and was beaten a head,” Warren added.  “She’s still peaking fitness-wise and was strong to the line tonight.”

Livorno Express was a $30,000 graduate from Mungrup’s draft at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions and the Cranbourne result was the second winning update for the stud’s Due Sasso filly.  Their dam Livorno foaled an Oratorio (Aus) colt named Moet Me between the two fillies and he was an eye-catching debut winner at Ascot in November.

Livorno (NZ) died in May 2012 and the best of her foals to date has been LR Illawarra 2YO Classic winner She’s In Demand (Commands).

Winning jockey Ben Melham is keen to stay aboard Livorno Express.  “She’s still learning the trade,” Melham said after a peach of a ride.  “I’ve done plenty of work with her at home and there are more wins ahead.”

Danehill Express sired his first interstate winner in September when Gold Rory bolted in on debut at Mornington.  Trainer Mark Riley was all set to map out a G1 Coolmore Stakes mission for the gelding, however, he was injured second-up at Moonee Valley.  Connections will set him for the Brisbane winter carnival.

Danehill Express has 23 yearlings catalogued for the Perth Magic Millions next month including 14 from his home base.  He sired a winning double at Pinjarra on Wednesday and there could be another update at the Mungrup Sprint meeting at Mt Barker on Sunday.

Sooky Lala (3f Danehill Express – Moodometer by Pricelessly) makes her debut in the West Cape Howe Wines Maiden (1100m).  She is bred to improve with racing – being the first foal of a G3 WA Oaks winner – but appears a forward type after trial placings at Belmont and Albany.

– Karl Patterson

Cranbourne winner pictured before the 2011 Perth Magic Millions