Jun 18, 2017
Courtesy of Tasracing.com.au. 18 / 06 / 2017 Article by: Peter Staples.
STAR Tasmanian sprinter Lord Da Vinci made the most of his hit and run mission at Moonee Valley yesterday by scoring an emphatic win in a $100,000 open handicap over 1200 metres.
Despite an alarming betting drift from $2.80 to $4.80 the Scott Brunton-trained gelding claimed the leader in the home straight and went on to defeat the well-backed Camdus ($10 into $7.50) by a length with Ruettiger ($11) almost a length astern.
Lord Da Vinci travelled to Melbourne by boat on Wednesday and according to Brunton the horse struggled to settle in, but he ate up on Friday and was still able to deliver the goods despite not being at his top.
“I picked this race out for the horse a while ago and I thought it would be just a matter of going around to win but Dad (David Brunton) travelled with him and he said the horse didn’t settle in too well and it wasn’t until Friday night that he ate all his feed,” Brunton said.
“But he paraded really well despite having his thick Tassie coat coming through, but in the end he was just too good for them even though he wasn’t at his top.
“We’ll bring him home on Wednesday night and give him a freshen-up and aim him at the feature sprints at home.”
Lord Da Vinci, a winner of 11 from 34 starts for over $300,000 in stakes, is owned by Tasmanian-born Western Australian businessman Wayne Notman and his wife Mignon.
“Lord Da Vinci will always be a special horse to me and Mignon and it is a real bonus that he’s been able to come back to Melbourne and prove himself,” Wayne Notman said.
“This is a very special win, especially for the horse because he was trained here in Melbourne and I was advised to move the horse on but I wanted to keep the horse so I bought out the other shareholders and sent him to Scotty (Brunton).
“Taking the horses to Tasmania with the Bruntons is one of the best decisions I’ve made since I’ve been involved in racing.”