Villermont Wins Gr2 Sandown Guineas

Monday, 20th November 2017

At Sandown in Melbourne, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Villermont (All Too Hard-Bollinger, by Dehere) stormed home for a brilliant last-to-first win in the $250,000 Gr2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Peaceful State & stable-mate Black Sail. Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, the blue blooded Villermont improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $172,910 in earnings. Trainer Aaron Purcell said Villermont would be spelled and aimed at races such as the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and Gr1 Australian Derby in the autumn. "He's definitely going to be better in the autumn so for him to win here is a great sign for next year,'' Purcell told racing.com. "He's a very big horse and he's just taken some time to grow into himself,'' Purcell explained. He moves like a machine at home and he's just going to develop into a really nice horse." Purchased by Ciaron Maher Racing for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Villermont is the last foal of the beautifully bred Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere-Bint Marscay) who died last year. Bollinger, who is out of Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, had seven foals make it to the races with the best performed hitherto being the US-bred Friesan Fire (A.P. Indy), winner of the Gr2 Louisiana Derby, Gr3 Risen Star Stakes & Gr3 Lecomte Stakes. This makes Villermont a direct descendant of influential mare Eau D'Etoile (Sir Tristram), ancestress also of outstanding dual Gr1-winning miler Filante, Australian Guineas winner Kenny's Best Pal, Victoria Derby winner Benicio, and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Stella Cadente.


Villermont (image: Mark Gatt)