Jindera Park has added a second stallion to its roster this month with the arrival of Group 3 winner Va Pensiero.
Studmaster Brett Cavanough signed former NZ sire Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu) last week and the duo will join Fast ‘N’ Famous, Duporth and Illustrious Blue at his property north of Albury.
Va Pensiero (Stratum – Rosmarino by Langfuhr) displayed a blistering turn of foot at his second start when leading home fellow Stratum colt (and subsequent stakes winner) I’m All The Talk in a summer juvenile at Warwick Farm. He clocked a class-record 56.7s for 1000 metres.
Trainer Jason Coyle sent him for a spell after finishing down the track in the G1 Golden Slipper and then watched him mature into one of the nation’s best three year-old sprinters the following season.
Resuming in the G3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill, he stalked Darley front-runner Kuroshio to score by three-quarters of a length and then doubled up in the G3 Run To The Rose (1200m) with a wire-to-wire win over future Australian Horse of the Year Dissident.
Run To The Rose winners are in good company with a roll-call lead by Pierro, Exosphere, Hallowed Crown, Smart Missile and Denman. “He’s a very good colt,” Coyle said. “And he’s been up against the good ones since Day 1.”
Va Pensiero owned genuine Group 1 ability; however, his race career was interrupted by a recurring tendon injury which ultimately ended a 16-start career. He was sidelined for almost a year before a failed comeback in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February.
An outstanding individual, Va Pensiero is the highest-rated son of Golden Slipper winner and Champion 2YO Sire Stratum to stand at stud. His introductory fee is $7,700 (inc gst).