Tassie Da Vinci cracks Valley code

Jun 17, 2017

Courtesy of Racing.com - James Tzaferis 17/06/17. Tasmanian trainers continued their brilliant off-season form in Melbourne at The Valley on Saturday when rejuvenated galloper Lord da Vinci scored a tenacious win over 1200m for Scott Brunton.

The comfortable one-length win for regular jockey David Pires came only a week after fellow Tasmanian Tshahitsi posted a four-length win at Flemington and several months after stable mate Hellova Street cruised to Stakes success in Melbourne.

While trainer Brunton held pre-race concerns about how the gelding travelled during the week and how his form would stack up on the mainland, these were quickly alleviated when the six-year-old put his rivals to the sword with a sustained display of speed.

“I was worried about it (the travel) and I certainly don’t think he was at his best today but he’s got the job done courtesy of a terrific ride and the right run in transit,” Brunton said.

“You work hard at home and you believe you’ve got the right product but you get over here and look at them in the yard and their hair is two inches long and you look at the Melbourne horses which look a million dollars.

“But they can’t see the V8 under the bonnet.

“He’s a terrific galloper and I’ve got nothing but respect for the horse because he’s had a fair few problems.”