Pencarrow principal Sir Peter Vela was in the winner’s circle as both a breeder and a part-owner on Wednesday when the promising Waikato Girl (NZ) (Savabeel) took out the A$100,000 Precise Air Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill.
The three-year-old filly had finished third on debut over 1300 metres at Kembla Grange on October 28, and the step up to 1400 metres on Wednesday brought the very best out of the up-and-comer.
Ridden by Jason Collett for trainer Michael Freedman, Waikato Girl settled at the back of the six-horse field before launching an irresistible finish down the outside of the home straight to win with ease by a length and three-quarters.
With a win and a placing from her two starts, Waikato Girl has quickly banked A$51,900 for the ownership pairing of Sir Peter Vela and Gandharvi.
By Joshua Smith, LOVERACING.NZ News Desk
Flemington has been a happy hunting ground for the Vela family and they are hoping that continues on Saturday when their Group One performer Pearl Of Alsace carries their famous silks in the Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
Their most notable win at the Melbourne track came in 2001 when Ethereal took out the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), and more than two decades on Sir Peter Vela is hoping for another Group victory during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and trainer Shaune Ritchie is hoping to oblige.
Pencarrow four-year-old Firriato (NZ) (Almanzor) cleared maiden ranks in style with a quality performance in Thursday’s $18,500 Entain – NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1400m) at Rotorua.
Placed in two of her six starts as a three-year-old last season, Firriato hinted that she had come back bigger and better when she kicked off her new campaign with impressive victories in both of her trials.
She brought that winning form to raceday on Thursday, winning stylishly in the hands of top jockey Opie Bosson.
After jumping evenly from gate two, Firriato slid forward to take up a handy position in fourth spot, skimming the running rail.
Pencarrow Stud celebrated a new stakes-winning graduate when lightly raced filly Star Of Justice (Justify) stepped on to the Group Three stage in style in the $100,000 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton on Monday.
The chestnut filly was bred by Pencarrow and sold through the Pencarrow draft in Book 1 of Karaka 2022. She caught the eye of Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, who secured her for $190,000.
The Barneswood Farm Stakes was only the third career start for Star Of Justice, who has now recorded two highly impressive victories and earned $73,875 for her owners the Te Akau Fair & Just Racing Partnership.
Situated in the lush countryside of the Waikato region of New Zealand, Pencarrow Stud was established by international businessman Sir Peter Vela.Developed in tandem with his late brother Philip, the pair created a legacy for their families and the NZ thoroughbred industry through years of dedication, passion and expert judgement. The 2013/14 season marked a new era in the history of the stud with Sir Peter taking the reins on his own and continuing the success that the brothers started together.Comprising some 300 hectares of mineral rich countryside, Pencarrow Stud has an enviable record producing world-class thoroughbred racehorses.