Amaryllis Adds Fourth Win

Pencarrow four-year-old, Amaryllis (Red Ransom x Lafleur, by Zabeel), kept up her amazing consistency when winning the Vetent Gold Cup (1300m) at Wairoa yesterday.

The Rating 90 event was her fourth career win from just 13 starts with her consistency clear in the fact that she has only finished further back than fifth on two occasions.

Pencarrow stable jockey James McDonald piloted the mare and asked her to sit off the fence, half a length from the race leader Mr Shanghai (Bianconi). Into the Wairoa straight Amaryllis immediately applied pressure on the race leader and the two tussled before the daughter of Red Ransom drew away to score comfortably enough by a short neck.

The Mark Walker trained mare has won her past two starts, both with blinkers on, and has now taken her earnings over the $30,000 mark.

Bred in the purple, being a daughter of dual Group 2 winning Lafleur from the family of Eight Carat, Amaryllis clearly sees herself in the top 5% of the thoroughbred racing population as a four-time winner which will hold her in good stead once she retires to the breeding paddock.

Lafleur, already the dam of two winners, is represented by a two-year-old Redoute’s Choice filly in the Mark Walker Stable, and foaled a filly by the same leading sire this past season.

In 2010 Pencarrow Stud are expecting Lafleur to produce a foal by O’Reilly early in the spring.