Pomellato Judges Maiden to Perfection


19 February 2010

Pomellato (Zabeel x Diamond Habit, by Green Desert) became the twelvth Pencarrow Racing team-member to break their maiden this season when she judged her finish to perfection in the Support Rotorua SPCA Maiden (2200m) at Rotorua.

The three-year-old filly stepped up beyond 2000m for the first time and duly showed her true colours with James McDonald aboard.

Settled off the pace in the seven horse field, Pomellato sat and watched as Mons Calpe (Rock of Gibraltar) took off at the 700m mark and drew three lengths in front of the field heading into the home straight.

Flattening out in the home straight, Pomellato always had the runaway leader in sight and was gaining ground with every stride.

Levelling up with 50m to go Mons Calpe fought back but James McDonald pushed Pomellato for a little more and she delivered right on the line.

Trained by Mark Walker, Pomellato is a full-sister in blood to Pencarrow’s successful race filly , and now broodmare, La Fleur (Zabeel x Desert Lily, by Green Desert), who scored in both the Group 2 Royal Stakes and Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Stud Classic in her classic year.

Pencarrow secured the filly from the 2008 Karaka Premier Sale where she was knocked down for $220,000 from the draft of her breeders, Cambridge Stud.

A grand-daughter of champion race filly Habibti, this is the famed Eight Carat family, Pomellato possesses plenty of residual value, but before then looks an exciting racing prospect over the middle distance as she furnishes into a priceless Zabeel mare.