Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Australia's BIGGEST and Best Bookmaker!
Sign-Up to Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Sky Racing FREE!
Sign-Up and watch Sky Racing For Free on Your Phone!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Quentin Lang
Colin Little was as surprised as most racegoers with the breakthrough victory of Vassilator at Flemington

Trainer Colin Little was as surprised as most racegoers with the breakthrough victory of Vassilator in a stakes race at Flemington.

Having his third race start, Vassilator came from near the tail on the home turn to claim victory in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) on Wednesday.

Ridden by Beau Mertens, Vassilator ($101) came widest in the straight to mow down Wild Planet ($12) to score by a length with Sizzleme ($31) a short-head away third.

While surprised with the win, Little was expecting an improved performance from the two-year-old.

Vassilator had finished eighth over 1000m at Bendigo in February before running fifth at Ballarat over 1200m last month in which he was beaten more than six lengths by Hawkshot, Wednesday’s $3.10 favourite who finished ninth.

“I was surprised by the win but we sent out a voicemail this morning saying we’ve got a lot of time for this horse,” Little said.

“He was very unlucky at Ballarat behind the favourite (Hawkshot) when I thought he raced in the slow lane and got beaten six lengths.

“I said it looked disappointing but don’t be surprised if he shows up today, but not necessarily winning.”

Vassilator was a $25,000 purchase as a yearling in New Zealand and Little said he’s got a lot of time for the obscure sire, Zacinto, a son of Danzili.

“He stands in the South Island, has good stats and is going really well,” Little said.

“There’s only a handful that have raced here. Navagio and Odeon are a couple that have won.”

Little said he’ll have to think about where he now heads with Vassilator, but admitted he had always felt the colt would be better as a three-year-old.

“We’ll have to regroup tonight,” he said.

“The win surprised me, but he was advantaged by the 1400 metres and the big track.”

The Anzac Day Stakes has proven a good reference to spring three-year-old races with Group One winners Merchant Navy and Long John successful in recent years.

 
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Winx’s partner has been announced

Champion Winx is to be mated with I Am Invincible in her first season at stud later this year. Winx’s...

Redzel secures chance for third Everest

Redzel will get his chance to win a third Everest with confirmation Yulong Investments has again chosen him as its...

Hall of Fame trainer banned over horse deaths

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been banned by the ownership of Santa Anita after a fourth horse from...

Invincibella wins the G1 Tatt’s Tiara

Bonny mare Invincibella has provided jockey Jason Collett with his first Group One winner and enabled champion trainer Chris Waller...

Melbourne Cup dream now a reality for Vow And Declare

Glen Boss has been lavish in his praise for Vow And Declare after the Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old’s hollow victory in...

WA Star secures slot in The Everest

Star WA filly Arcadia Queen has secured a slot in this years edition of the $14m The Everest. Racing NSW...

Watch: Shocking scenes as race continues despite unconscious jockey

There were some shocking scenes in a race at Nagoya on Friday as a field of runners continued to race...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

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

 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.