Maiden Of The Week

Villa Rosa (AUS)

O: Mrs J M Mckenna, Bearman Racing (Mgr: L A Bearman) Halo Racing Services Pty Ltd (Mgr: C B Mckenna), Renkie Racing (Mgr: R W Rowett), Seymour Bloodstock Seymour Bloodstock (Mgr: D S Thomas) & Pope Racing (Mgr: D R Pope)
B: O E & D R Pope Pty Ltd
T: Ciaron Maher
W: Maiden Plate, 1000m, Mornington, 17 January
S: $420,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale V: Blue Gum Farm P: Ciaron Maher Racing

Villa Rosa registered a taking debut victory at Mornington on 17 January in a quick time of 0:58.34. She got away well from barrier one under Craig Williams and she settled well in the lead, racing alongside The Centaurian (Kaphero), who raced on her outside. When she was eventually asked to quicken in the home straight, she was able draw away impressively and beat The Centaurian by one and a quarter lengths.

Villa Rosa is the sixth foal out of the Group Two-winning mare Truly Wicked (Rubiton) making her a full-sister to the Group One-winning gelding Amber Sky (Exceed And Excel), while her second dam is a sister to the Group Three-winning mare Ticket To Rome (At Talaq). This is a fourth individual winner for Truly Wicked, who herself is a three-quarter sister to Great Manners (Rubiton), dam of Group Two-winning gelding Great Glen (Regal Classic), who raced as Great Delight in Hong Kong.