Swettenham closer on Sunshine Coast

Fillydelphia flew the flag for Bianconi at the 2011 Queensland winter carnival and the Swettenham Stud sire closed this year’s carnival with Neriani at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Neriani (4m Bianconi – Neranto by Esperanto) did best after duelling with Comahni for the final furlong of the XXXX Hcp over 1300 metres.  She was sent north after running two Flemington placings in May.

The Victorian visitor is trained by John Sadler for a syndicate that includes his Malua Racing partner Troy Corstens and breeder David Kobritz.  “She had some issues early on and we’ve handled her patiently,” Corstens said.  “She’s got a big heart and always puts in.”

Neriani isn’t in the same class as Fillydelphia who won four races including the G3 Rough Habit Plate at the 2011 carnival.  Nevertheless, she has won four races and banked $195,000 after priors at Ballarat, Caulfield and Sandown.

Her dam Neranto won races at Sale and Werribee as a spring three year-olds for Kobritz.  She foaled four winners at stud before passing away aged 20 in October 2009.

Bianconi has extended his individual winner-count to 463 this season and wall-to-wall racing has helped him break all the records held by Victorian sires of yesterday.

Glen Appin Stud legend Jugah is next best on the leader-board with 411 winners.  He reached that mark when Angkor Wat won a King Island maiden on December 3 last year.

Bianconi (Danzig) will stand for a $6,600 early-bird fee at Swettenham Stud this year.

Victorian visitor scored an away victory at Sunshine Coast