Stakes task ahead for 2YO winner

Vibrato winning at Rotorua - Kenton Wright, Race Images
Vibrato winning at Rotorua

Kenton Wright, Race Images

Vibrato shook off his rivals at Rotorua on Wednesday to score a comfortable victory in the At Cook Contraction 2YO (1230m).

The son of Sacred Falls led from the jump under a steady ride from Jonathan Riddell and strode away from his only challenger, Elliot Power, to win by two and a half lengths.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Vibrato was having his second career start, with Forsman saying the conditions at Ellerslie earlier this month did not suit the two-year-old gelding.

“He didn’t have any favours that day,” Forsman said.

“He drew wide and was caught off the track and probably going right-handed he just got a little bit lost.

“Once he found the front today, and the rail, it was a big help.”

Forsman indicated they would now consider a start in the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on July 27.

“It was what we were talking about pre-race (the Ryder Stakes),” Forsman said.

“I said if he handles the ground it is probably a race you have to consider. It is certainly a good option to have.

“I think the Sacred Falls are really coming along and they will be coming into their own over the next few months.”

Vibrato is the second winner for four-time Group One winner Sacred Falls and is raced by David Seldon and his father Bob.

Seldon purchased the gelding as a yearling at Karaka for $45,000 from the draft of Waikato Stud.

Seldon is one of the principals of the Australian branch of American horse feed company, Performance Horse Nutrition, and he supplies feed to the Baker-Forsman stable.


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