Swettenham Stud sire Bianconi was credited with the first winner from his latest crop of two year-olds at Ascot on Wednesday.
Mountain Haze (2g Bianconi – Stormy Gale by Scenic) swept his rivals aside with last-to-first burst in the Westspeed Plate (1000m). The Adam Durrant trained youngster was very impressive on debut after winning a Lark Hill trial last Monday.
Durrant prepares Mountain Haze for his parents Geoff and Vicki. “We’ve been working him with a couple of nice ones at home,” Durrant said. “He’s got a motor and picked them up with a nice turn of acceleration today.
“We will probably put him away now and let him grow. I don’t normally push the young ones but he does have a lot of natural ability.”
Mountain Haze is first Bianconi two year-old seen out this season and his dam Stormy Gale is a winning daughter of former Swettenham sire Scenic.
Bianconi has five yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and the first to parade is a filly from the Scenic mare Scenes (Lot 50). The dam was a trained by David Hayes at Lindsay Park to win at Cheltenham and Victoria Park and she was also stakes placed in the 2006 Morphettville Guineas.
The Bianconi – Scenic cross produced Lindsay Park’s multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Nicconi.
– Karl Patterson
Juvenile winner by Bianconi at Ascot