Deliciano Delights at Hawke’s Bay

Pencarrow Racing’s private trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Richie celebrated win number nine for the season when Deliciano (Darci Brahma x Santagostino, by Giants Causeway) won powerfully at Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

The only runner at Hawkes Bay for the Rambo/Ritchie partnership, Deliciano made the drive back to headquarters all the sweeter after she raced away to win by 3.5 lengths.

Settled back in the field by jockey Opie Bosson, she was the only horse to break out of the pack at the 600 metre mark to chase down Moneyforjam who tried to steal the race 800 metres from home. After mastering the tearaway leader half way down the home straight, she kept up a strong gallop to win convincingly.

After finishing a close second at her last start at Te Rapa over 1600m, Deliciano relished the step up in distance to the 2000m yesterday.

“We were pretty confident she would acquit herself well and she is a nice staying type of mare going forward,” commented Ramsay.

Deliciano has now recorded two wins and four placings from her 12 race day outings.

It was also a special day for the Rambo/Ritchie partnership after they broke through the $1,000,000 in stakes barrier from only two and a half short years as Pencarrow Stud’s private trainers.

Headlined by Group 1 Telegraph Handicap winner Guiseppina (Johar) last season, they have won stakes races with a number of different mares including Amaryllis (Red Ransom), Our Ella Belle (Encosta de Lago) and Papilio (Redoute’s Choice).

Earlier in the day, Saltatio (Holy Roman Emperor x Dance my Dance) finished strongly to only be beaten by half-a-head and a long head. Trained by Jason Bridgman and ridden by Shane Dye she closed strongly from the 600m mark and a win doesn’t look too far away.

It could be an exciting weekend ahead for Pencarrow Stud with a number of runners over the weekend at Tauranga, Te Rapa, Manawatu and Ellerslie. The Rambo/Ramsay combination will have four runners at Te Rapa and all look to be good chances on what is a great days racing.

“All of their work during the week has been good and Guiseppina has drawn ideally in barrier 6,” commented Ramsay.

“We have taken the blinkers off Dolmabache (Redoute’s Choice) after she over-raced a little at Counties, but back to her normal pattern of racing we are expecting a good run and she loves Te Rapa.”

Biddable (Exceed and Excel) drew very wide, and has been given some time to get over her last run and goes well at Te Rapa, while Navy Beach (Darci Brahma) is in fine form and due a change of luck,” commented Ramsay.

Atacama (Pentire) will also line up at Te Rapa from Shaun Ritchie’s barn and looks a promising chance after she won well at Te Awamutu at her last start.

Pencarrow Stud also have two runners at Tauranga today with Miuccia Belle (Pins) being the first of these in the Bayleys Tauranga 1300. After drawing wide and without a trial she will need some luck, but with inform Opie Bosson in the saddle looks to be a good chance in her first race for the season.

John Sargent will also line up Revolutionary (Darci Brahma) and after a disappointing run last start will be looking to find her earlier form which saw her finishing off well at this course on debut.

Pencarrow Stud will also be represented by Ciron (Darci Brahma) and Viva Roma (Spartacus) at Manawatu on Saturday. The Lisa Latta trained Ciron is coming into the race fresh up after being given time to strengthen over the winter and looks a bright chance off last season’s performances.

Viva Roma from the Bruce Wallace stable travels down from his Takanini base and gets into the Capture Sign Handicap with a nice light weight. After needing her resuming run in a strong field at Counties, she showed improvement in her last start when running fifth at Ellerslie.

Two runners at Ellerslie on Sunday will top off a busy weekend of racing for Pencarrow. Brela Belle (Darci Brahma) from the Frank Ritchie team will be coming into the race off the back of two trials and her form from last season suggests she should be in the thick of the finish.

Siciliani (Darci Brahma) from the Rambo/Ritchie team will be having her first look at black type company in the Listed Mad Butcher Championship Prelude (2100m). Being only one of two fillies in the race, she has a tough ask ahead of her but her maiden win two starts ago suggested she was a filly with promise.

Deliciano is the first foal of Group 2 Great Northern Guineas winner Santagostino who is a sister to Group 1 New Zealand Oaks winner Vapour Trail (Jetball) and Listed Welcome Stakes winner Encosta Diablo (Encosta de Lago).

Santagostino also has a Darci Brahma two-year-old filly that has been retained by the stud. This year she foaled a colt by Lohnro that will be aimed at 2014 National Yearling Sales Series, and she has visited Pins this season.