At Newcastle north of Sydney last Friday, Little Avondale Stud's 2007 Champion Italian 3YO Sprinter Per Incanto (Street Cry-Pappa Reale, by Indian Ridge) added a group success when 5YO gelding Lanciato (Per Incanto-Surreptitious, by O'Reilly) scored by a length for trainer Mark Newnham in the $150,000 Gr3 Newmarket Hcp (1400m), defeating 6YO gelding Mister Sea Wolf & 8YO gelding Shiraz. This was the second black-type win for Lanciato after his Listed Carrington Stakes victory at Rosehill Gardens at the end of January, and took his record to 7 wins & 7 placings from 20 starts for $380,868 earnings.
The Chris Waller stable are expecting a bold showing from Irish-bred gelding Mister Sea Wolf (Amadeus Wolf-Rose de France, by Diktat) in tomorrow's $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Formerly trained in Ireland by Ger Lyons, the 6YO made an encouraging start to his Australian career when finishing a close second to Testashadow in the Gr3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on 2 December. "His former trainer said he was a real trier and very genuine horse," Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said. "He's certainly got every chance on Saturday to take out a Group 2 on only his second Australian start." Mister Sea Wolf is the $5.50 second favourite for the Villiers behind the Godolphin-trained Interlocuter at $3.40.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a Group race success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Testashadow (Testa Rossa-Moonlight Shadow, by Flying Spur) toughed it out for a narrow win in the $150,000 Gr3 Festival Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Mister Sea Wolf & Red Excitement. Testashadow, who was passed in for $55,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eliza Park, improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed (R) Magic Millions Cup) and 11 placings from 37 starts for $1,320,585 in earnings. Trainer Gary Portelli said Testashadow would make his next appearance in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 16 December.