Second Win for Piazzetta

The consistent form of Pencarrow Racing’s Piazzetta (Darci Brahma) has yielded another victory, with his win in the $7,000 Coolmore Australia Rating 65 1600m at Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting at Te Rapa on Sunday.

The Raylene Whiteside trained four-year-old gelding broke maiden company last month, winning at Avondale on protest due to incurring interference in the straight. In his one start since Piazzetta was beaten a nose at Pukekohe

Allotted the top-weight of 59kgs, apprentice jockey Michael Dee was engaged and relieved Piazzetta of a valuable 2kgs yesterday from barrier six in the 14-horse field.

The son of Darci Brahma settled mid-field but had to travel three-wide with cover for much of the 1600m journey.

When produced out wide in the straight, Piazzetta reigned in the leaders and sprinted to a decisive victory by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:35.70 on a Good 3 track.

“I was happy where he was at fitness-wise, and his work had been good going into the race but the only query I had was the left-handed track as he had never been that way around before,” commented Whiteside.

“He came home very well which suggests he might get a bit further than a mile. He might get up to 2000m but when that will be is yet to be decided.

“He will have another run over 1600m in a higher grade next start and then we will decide whether we try him at 2000m after that in this preparation or we wait until next preparation to try him over ground.”

Owned by Peter Vela who bred the horse in partnership with Philip Vela, Piazzetta has won two races from only six career starts.

Piazzetta is by Pencarrow Stud Sale graduate and sire Darci Brahma who enjoyed a good weekend with his daughter Waterford blitzing a strong field in the Listed Counties Bowl on Saturday.

The four-year-old is out of Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Paolino (Housebuster) making him a half-brother to the Listed winner Mirandola (O’Reilly). Piazzetta’s second dam is the four-time Group 1 winner Riverina Charm (Sir Tristram).

Paolino foaled a filly by Pins earlier this November and has a yearling filly by the same sire that has been retained by the Stud.

On Saturday, Pencarrow Racing’s Atacama (Pentire) ran a brave third in the Group 3 Counties Cup finishing less than one-length from the winner for trainer Shaune Ritchie gaining valuable black-type for the four-year-old mare.