Sistema Railway winner Volpe Veloce will resume at Te Rapa next week ahead of a Queensland campaign.
Classy sprinter Volpe Veloce has been confirmed for a return to racing at Te Rapa next week ahead of a Queensland winter campaign.
The Graham Richardson/Gavin Parker-trained winner of the Gr. 1 Sistema Railway on New Year’s Day has not raced since her midfield finish in the Telegraph in mid-January, but looked ready for the return to action when galloping impressively in training this morning.
Ridden by her regular raceday jockey Jake Bayliss, Volpe Veloce cut out 1000 metres against the rail on a heavy course proper in 1:06.2. After three-quarter-pace early sections, she let down impressively for a final 600m in 36 seconds.
“That’s just what we wanted to see,” commented Richardson. “She did very well during her time off after the Telegraph and that work confirms she’s coming to hand well.
“She can kick off in the open sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday week and provided we’re happy with her, she’ll be on the Brisbane charter flight in the first week of May.”
Richardson intends sticking to a well-spaced programme for the Foxwedge mare, whose first Brisbane assignment will be the Gr. 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup over 1350 metres at Doomben on May 26. The weight-for-age feature has a stake of A$700,000.
“We’ve learnt that she’s best with her races spaced, so we’ll take it one race at a time,” said Richardson, who confirmed that Bayliss will be retained as her Queensland carnival rider.