The Tony Vasil stable achieved its brief when the well-bred Encosta De Lago (Fairy King – Shoal Creek, by Star Way) gelding China Delight (Encosta De Lago – Romantic River, by Irish River) won the Sportsbet Maiden Plate (1600m) at Ballarat.
China Delight is a half-brother to the Group 1-winning mare Aqua D’Amore (Danehill – Romantic River, by Irish River), the pedigree prompted his owners to outlay $500,000 for the gelding at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
China Delight was transferred to the Vasil camp for this preparation to achieve one simple goal, qualify to race in Hong Kong. The three-year-old’s win in the $15,000 race completed the objective.
“He has a Hong Kong-based owner, who wanted us to win a race worth $15,000 to get him up to race in Hong Kong by the end of August,” Vasil’s racing manager Sam Doran said.
“We thought he would be at his top after this run so to complete the brief a run early and with more than a month to spare was very pleasing.
“He will probably head to the agistment paddock to wait for the time to head over to Hong Kong.”
Maschino (Encosta De Lago – Tahni Girl, by Redoute’s Choice) completed a double for well-bred progeny of the champion Coolmore sire when the three-year-old won the Rural Press Maiden Plate (1300m) at Pinjarra.
Maschino broke his maiden at the third attempt. The colt’s dam Tahni Girl (Redoute’s Choice – Ballroom Babe, by Citidancer) was good enough to win at Group 3 level and is a three-quarter sister to Hong Kong Group 3 winner and Queensland-based stallion Hidden Dragon (Danehill – Ballroom Babe, by Citidancer).
Michael Flannery Bloodstock paid $240,000 for Maschino at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.