Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Search
 
Image: Reg Ryan
Vassilator has broken through for a long overdue win by snatching victory in the last stride at his favourite track

Vassilator has broken through for a long overdue win by snatching victory in the last stride at his favourite track.

Success in the VRC Heritage Handicap at Flemington on Saturday was Vassilator’s first in more than two years and his third overall in a career spanning 22 starts.

All three victories for Vassilator have come over the 1400m journey at Flemington.

Vassilator registered his maiden success in Listed grade on Anzac Day in 2018 returning the following month to land his second victory at the track and trip.

Trainer Colin Little thought enough of Vassilator to run the gelding in the best three-year-old races during the spring of 2018, running second to The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas.

But during his three-year-old season Vassilator was also his own worst enemy, refusing to settle in his races and Little and his staff spent countless on the track getting the gelding to relax.

The work has finally paid off with Vassilator backing up what Little said were some strong performances this campaign with a well-timed victory on Saturday.

Providing Craig Williams the second leg of a double, Vassilator ($6.50) scored by short-head from Haunted ($7) with Romancer ($21) a head away third.

“He obviously likes this big flat track and likes to be able to steam home,” Little said.

“We have just eased up on him a bit as he’s got a little older as we seem to think that he needs less work and he’s happier on an easier preparation.

“We gave that a try last time and we were pretty happy with him.”

Little said Vassilator would keep ticking over through the winter months and maybe step up to 1600m again, or possibly further.

Williams has had a long association with Little and the gelding’s part-owner, former Victoria Racing Club chairman Rod Fitzroy.

The jockey said Vassilator had always shown loads of ability but it was a case of extracting it from him.

“His best performance was when he ran second behind The Autumn Sun in the Caulfield Guineas as a three-year-old,” Williams said.

“But I’d say gates, as well as his attitude, have sometimes worked against him.

“There’ll be good races for him through this series with the Winter Championship over a mile.

“He did sprint really well fresh at the start of the prep so I think he (Little) has a lot of options with him.”

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. Tโ€™s & Cโ€™s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Kingston Town Classic results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Kingston Town Classic. The Kingston Town Classic was raced at Ascot racecourse...

George Moore Stakes results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 George Moore Stakes. The George Moore Stakes was raced at Doomben racecourse...

Popular young jockey drowns in Queensland

Popular young jockey Chris Caserta is feared to have drowned after a late night swim at a Surfers Paradise beach...

Black Caviar gives birth to a filly

Champion mare Black Caviar has foaled down a filly by champion sire Written Tycoon. One of Black Caviar’s part-owners Pam...

Champion jockey Glen Boss announces retirement

Champion jockey Glen Boss will have his last ride this weekend at Caulfield as he calls an end to an...

Kingston Town Classic

The is aย  race held at each year. Theย  event is held in December each year and is one of...

Pakenham Cup

The is a race held at in Victoria each year. The () boasts a total prize pool of and is...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.