Singleton signs off at Vinery

Black Caviar’s part-owner Neil Werrett has purchased an interest in Vinery Stud.  The Sydney based businessman bought the 10% share previously owned by John Singleton.

Singleton and Gerry Harvey split their bloodstock interests last year which included the Magic Millions auction house.  “John has decided to step out of the stud as well,” Vinery manager Peter Orton said.  “But Singo is still close to the farm and supports the stallions.”

Werrett has developed a high-profile commensurate with Black Caviar’s rise to world champion status.  He also races top-class two year-old filly Snitzerland (Snitzel) and among his other feature winners have been Sworn To Secrecy (Keeper) in the G2 Emancipation Stakes at Randwick and Bel Mer (Bel Esprit) in the G1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphehttville.

Bel Mer carried Vinery’s green and white colours and she was subsequently sold to Patinack Farm for $1,050,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter broodmare sale.  “Neil has some nice mares and he fits in with what we are trying to achieve at Vinery,” Orton added.  “We’re delighted to have him on board.”

Vinery is on a roll after winning the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes with Samaready.  She is currently a $4.40 favourite to complete the feature double in the G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on April 7.

Samaready is by Vinery’s champion sire More Than Ready who will be gunning for a third Golden Slipper following Sebring and Phelan Ready.