Pinarello Leads Home a 1-2-3-4-5 for NZ in Queensland Derby

Breednet - Saturday May 28

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Pinarello ran out a worthy winner of the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) after staving off the late challenge of Paternal under an inspired Leith Innes ride.

The son of Tavistock jumped from barrier 17 in the 18-horse Classic, yet Innes had him one-off the fence passing the winning post for the first time and the promising young stayer did the rest.

Pinarello another Derby winner for Tavistock (image Grant Courtney)

Pinarello had gone five weeks since winning the Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Pukekohe, with his Cambridge-based conditioners electing to skip the traditional lead-up, the Gr.3 Rough Habit Plate (2143m), due to the extremely heavy nature of the track.

The missed run mattered not as the Cambridge Stud bred and raced galloper led home a New Zealand bred clean-sweep, with the NZ suffix filling the first five placings in the Derby.

Roger James notched Group One winner 31, his sixth in Australia, while for training partner Robert Wellwood, who has combined with James since 2018, it marked elite level win number three.

“It was an inspired ride. I felt we could win it with the right ride and we got the right ride,” an emotional Roger James said.

“I thought it was of benefit, to be honest, to have missed the Rough Habit Plate, where I thought we were going to run on an inevitably bad track.

“He has been a weak, frail horse this whole preparation. He’d been seven weeks prior to his last win (in the Championship Stakes) and that was quite spectacular that day. I thought ‘we can find a better way to the Derby’.”

The emerging stayer had finished fifth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) won by Asterix in early March and a fortuitous inconvenience resulted in the Australian campaign.

“He was actually going to go home and spell after the New Zealand Derby,” James said.

“Fortunately it was Karaka sales week and we couldn’t get a float. After a week at home I thought, ‘holy hell this horse has come through it well’ and I decided to keep him in and here is the result.

“I’ve run second and third in this Derby previously. I’ve been placed in Sydney Derbys as well and I’ve won five in New Zealand. To win one in Australia is pretty special.”

The retained rider for Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s Cambridge Stud, Innes has previously enjoyed elite level success in Queensland having ridden Beaten Up to victory in the Gr.1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and Provocative in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

“I’ve been pretty lucky, I got in with a round to go. I had to make my run a little bit earlier than I wanted as there were a couple of slow ones in front of me and he was a sitting duck for a long time,” Innes said.

Pinarello failed to make his $300,000 reserve at Karaka

“To Roger’s credit, he had him fit and we never lost faith in the horse, even though he didn’t race here two weeks ago, it might be a blessing in disguise.

“He is still a little bit weak but he is going to be a nice horse as a four and five year old.”

A half-brother to stakes winners Bavella and Vernazza, Pinarello is out of the Zabeel mare Zonza, who won the Gr.3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield for James.

Pinarello is one of 13 stakes winners bred on the Tavistock – Zabeel cross, with Derby winners including Werther (Hong Kong Derby), Tarzino (Victoria Derby) and Johnny Get Angry (Victoria Derby), while Toffee Tongue, also bred on the magic cross was a Gr.1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) winner.

Pinarello is the ninth Group One winner for his late sire Tavistock and has now won four of his seven starts and A$719,962 in prizemoney.

Savabeel gelding Paternal was a game runner-up, while Camboche (by Vadamos) just got the better of the Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained Dark Destroyer (by Proisir), who was close-up in fourth.  

NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Moet & Chandon Qld Derby Gr1 2400m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:29.53
T: R James & R Wellwood J: L G Innes 57
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Zonza (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 57
3g Savabeel (AUS) x O'Dianne (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd, Matamata, NZ
B: John O'Shea Racing
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 57
3g Vadamos (FR) x Floramour (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Dark Destroyer
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: S R Weatherley 57
3g Proisir (AUS) x All Can Party (AUS) (All American (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $180,000
V:Highline Thoroughbreds
B: Kaipira Lodge
Southern Stock
T: Chris Munce J: L V Cassidy 57
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Cape South (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Ting Tong
T: K A Lees J: A Mallyon 57
3g Epaulette (AUS) x Denia (AUS) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
T: Rex Lipp & Nick Hahn J: B N Stewart 57
3g Maurice (JPN) x Bal Du Siecle (GB) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Red Wave
T: Tony & Maddysen Sears J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor 57
3g Red Dazzler (AUS) x Sandy Shore (AUS) (Sandpit (BRZ))
Global Ausbred
T: Brad Widdup J: K Mc Evoy 57
3c Maurice (JPN) x Ponte Piccolo (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Impel Gazelle
T: Michael Costa J: Ben Thompson 57
3g Highly Recommended (AUS) x Wilma Rudolf (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 57
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Romantic Time (NZ) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Satirical Glory
T: J G Sargent J: J Byrne 57
3g So You Think (NZ) x Satirical Lady (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
T: A W Pike J: James Orman 57
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Meleka Belle (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Nest Egg
T: C J Waller J: S T Collett 57
3g Reliable Man (GB) x Run To The Bank (NZ) (Bahhare (USA))
Sea Treasures
T: Bjorn Baker J: Rachel King 57
3g So You Think (NZ) x Cagliari (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Anythink Goes
T: Matthew Smith J: Ryan Maloney 57
3c So You Think (NZ) x Chorus Of Angels (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
T: S W Kendrick J: N Rawiller 57
3g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Moretti (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Dark Rebel
T: Edward Cummings J: J Parr 57
3g Astern (AUS) x She Must Be Obeyed (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
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