Mountain motors home for Bianconi

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