Silver Turns into Black-Type

A dashing display by Pencarrow Racing’s Silver Eclipse (Darci Brahma x Zino Belle) provided the mare with her first black-type victory, winning the Listed $50,000 Yesberg Insurance Services Pegasus (1000m) at Riccarton Park.

Silver Eclipse triumphant in the Listed
Pegasus Stakes at Riccarton.
Photo courtesy of Trish Dunell.

The Pencarrow silks of Sir Peter Vela were flying down the dog-leg course at Riccarton as Silver Eclipse cut out the 1000m in a fast 56.86 for trainers Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie.

“She was really good,” commented Ramsay. “She has slashed nearly a second off her Taupo time and Chris Johnson was really impressed with her.”

Silver Eclipse was a stylish winner fresh up this campaign, winning over 1000m at Taupo in track-record time last month.

Leading South Island rider Chris Johnson was aboard the mare for the first time and had Silver Eclipse racing in third position behind a blistering pace.

Johnson pulled the daughter of Darci Brahma across heels in the straight and the pair rocketed away from field to win comfortably by two-lengths.

“She was always travelling and when she came across the junction she just exploded and done it quite easily.

“She won three last season but she has come back a stronger and better horse which is really exciting. She has come through that run really well and hopefully we will get her to the Group 1 Telegraph.”

It was a successful day for Pencarrow Racing with Duquesa (Encosta de Lago x Ethereal) winning at Te Rapa, Deliciano (Darci Brahma x Santagostino) finishing second in the Listed Metropolitan Handicap at Riccarton and Rasa Lila (Darci Brahma x Dance My Dance) also finishing second at Te Rapa.

Saturday’s victory was Silver Eclipse’s fifth victory from nine starts, earning $69,450 in prizemoney.

Bred by Sir Peter Vela and Philip Vela, Silver Eclipse is out of Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes winner Zino Belle (Success Express). Zino Belle is out of Group 2 winning mare Christiania Belle (Sackford) who, in turn, is out of another Group 2 winning mare Finezza Belle (Sir Tristram). This is also the family of Group 1 performers Winning Belle (Zabeel) and Our Ella Belle (Encosta de Lago).