Last-to-First Victory for Tonadillas (NZ)

Pencarrow gelding Tonadillas (NZ) (Your Song) produced an impressive come-from-behind performance to win the $10,000 Campbell Infrastructure (1215m) at Rotorua on Wednesday.

After a slow beginning, the five-year-old dropped out to be a clear last for most of the Rating 65 sprint.

But rider Ashvin Goindasamy swooped out to the extreme outside at the turn, and Tonadillas finished strongest of all down the home straight to win by half a length.

Trained by Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie, Tonadillas has now had nine starts for three wins, a placing and $19,750 in stakes. Tonadillas was bred by Pencarrow and is raced by Sir Peter Vela.

Tonadillas comes from the second crop of the Group One-winning Australian sprinter Your Song, who has been represented by 127 winners from 191 runners to date.

The dam of Tonadillas is the well-bred Pencarrow mare Goyescas (Encosta de Lago) – a daughter of the Group 1-winning Danehill mare Larrocha.

Third dam Kensington Gardens (NZ) (Grosvenor) placed in the AJC Oaks (2400m) and produced the Victoria Derby (2500m) winner and successful sire Blackfriars (Danehill). This is also the same family as the 2020 Australian Derby (2400m) winner Quick Thinker (So You Think).

Tonadillas was the first foal out of Goyescas, who has subsequently produced colts by Shamexpress, Mongolian Khan and Turn Me Loose. Last season she produced a filly by Burgundy.