Nicconi Filly Wins Darley 2YO Spring Preview

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday September 22

The first Australian two year -old race of the new season was run at Flemington on Wednesday with the $50,000 VRC Darley Spring Preview (900m) going to speedy Nicconi filly Cavalla.

Cavalla wins the first 2YO race of the season - image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

Trained by Mick Price and Mick Kent Jr, Cavalla jumped well from barrier one for Patrick Moloney, but was restrained to take a sit behind the leaders.

When angled into clear running at the business end of the race she found the front and held off a determined bid from the Godolphin entry Contemporary (2c Exceed and Excel x Memorial) to win by a head.

“Mildred won this race and then backed up to win the Maribyrnong Trial, so if Grahame Begg could do it, we might have a look at it,” said Mick Price.

“She’s a solid workmanlike two year-old filly that has not missed a beat and will train on.”

Mildred also won the Group III MRC Chairmans Stakes as an autumn two year-old, placed in the Group II ATC Reisling Stakes and contested the Golden Slipper.

The race was won last year by General Beau and he also backed up into the Maribyrnong Trial finishing second before coming back in the autumn to win both Blue Diamond Previews, so this early season scamper is proving a genuine guide to Black Type success in the future.

Cavalla was a $130,000 Magic Millions purchase for Mick Price Racing from the KBL Thoroughbreds draft and was bred by Bowcock Bloodstock.

She is the last foal from their good producing stakes-winner Bella Corona, who has left eight winners from eight runners headed by Bewhatyouwannabe.

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Cavalla’s sire Nicconi stands at Widden Stud Victoria this spring at a fee of $27,500.



Race Result - Darley Spring Preview 900m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 0:52.91
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Patrick Moloney 56
2f Nicconi (AUS) x Bella Corona (AUS) (Beautiful Crown (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:KBL Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, Qld
B: Mick Price Racing
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 58
2c Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Memorial (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Craig Williams 58
2c Zoustar (AUS) x Designated Driver (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW
B: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott/Kestrel Thoroughbreds
T: Lloyd Kennewell J: J Bowditch 56
2f Capitalist (AUS) x Winter (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA
B: Kennewell Racing / Group 1 Bloodstock (FBAA)
Runaway Belle
T: P Stokes J: Ben Allen 56
2f Pariah (AUS) x Jessej (AUS) (Sepoy (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Longwood Thoroughbred Farm, Longwood East, Vic
B: Phillip Stokes Racing
Little Strawberry
T: Clayton Douglas J: Jye McNeil 56
2f Street Boss (USA) x Songye (AUS) (Unencumbered (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $18,000
V:Rathmore Lodge, Rockleigh, SA
B: Bradlee Park Pty Ltd
Excel And Fly
T: Ben & J D Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 58
2c Flying Artie (AUS) x Harpers (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Kingstar Farm, Denman, NSW
B: Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bloodstock
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: C Newitt 58
2c Zoustar (AUS) x Starlike (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Yulong, Nagambie
B: First Light Racing / Busuttin Racing / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
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