Maiden Of The Week

Vinland (AUS)

3 c Sebring – Viking Turf Belle by Elusive Quality
O: Pipeliner Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr J Kennedy, Wheninrome5, Mrs A Mcdonnell, Team Mcdonnell, Mrs C A Corcoran, Mr K F Corcoran, Mr S J Hunt, Mrs A Hunt, Miss A S Mitchell
T: Tony McEvoy
B: Pepac Atf Ept
S: Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale yearling V: Blue Gum Farm $340,000 P: McEvoy Mitchell Racing
W: RSL Museum Maiden Plate, 1400m, Bendigo, 1 November
The Tony McEvoy-trained Vinland was resuming after finishing sixth behind She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain) in the Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m) at Randwick in December, he was well away from barrier seven under Andrew Mallyon and soon settled outside nicely outside the leader.

He easily went to the front on straightening and then went on to score impressively and in good time of 1:22.91. He should be further improved with this being only his third race start, and he looks a colt with a good future.

Purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $340,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in 2016, Vinland is out of the winning Elusive Quality (Gone West) mare Viking Turf Belle, who was also placed at Group Two Level and her other foal to race is also a winner.

Viking Turf Belle herself is a sister to the dam of Listed winner Valliano (Equiano), while she is also a half-sister to the Group Two-placed mare Sayahailmary (Keep The Faith), who produced South African Grade Two winner Mella Maria (Star Witness).

Further back this is same family as Group Two winner Silver Fun (Saumarez) and Listed winner Silver Rain (Rainbow Quest).

In 2015 Viking Turf Belle produced a colt by Coolmore’s sire champion first season sire Pierro (Lonhro), before foaling a filly by the Darley-based shuttler Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) the following season and she has most recently been covered by Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo).

Sebring (More Than Ready) stands at Widden Stud for a fee of $66,000 (inc GST) and he has sired 33 stakes winners overall, including four Group One winners.