Lonhro's Vientiane Sparkles on Debut

Mark Smith - Thursday July 7

Not even a bottomless track could spoil the winning debut of Lonhro blueblood Vientiane over 1100m at Canterbury on Thursday.

Ridden by Jason Collett for James Cummings, the near-black 3yo filly tracked the early speed before easing out to the three-wide line on the turn.


Under little more than a hand ride, Vientiane kept up a strong gallop to defeat the Deep Field gelding Cosmic Minerva by one and a quarter length with the Star Witness gelding Roma Avenue a further short-head back in third.

A sister to the Group II ATC Nathan Berry Tulloch Stakes winner Old North, Vientiane is the sixth winner for the dual Listed stakes-winner Bernicia.

A daughter of Elusive Quality (USA) and the Group 1 VATC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Danelagh , Bernicia is a half-sister to Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks heroine Dizelle and Hong Kong Horse Of The Year, Vengeance Of Rain.

Bernicia has been a reliable producer for Godolphin missing once in twelve seasons.

Her 2yo Impending gelding, Edwin, is highly thought of, making two starts in top company in Melbourne.

Bernicia has a yearling Harry Angel (IRE) filly named Setombe, a weanling Kermadec filly, and was covered by Impending last spring. 



Race Result - Bowermans Mdn Plate 1100m

Canterbury Track: Heavy(10) Time: 1:10.73
T: James Cummings J: J R Collett 55
3f Lonhro (AUS) x Bernicia (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Cosmic Minerva
T: Bjorn Baker J: Tim Clark 57
3g Deep Field (AUS) x Saint Minerva (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Roma Avenue
T: Mark Newnham J: Tom Sherry 57
3g Star Witness (AUS) x Holly Zou (AUS) (Hotel Grand (AUS))
T: J & G Lee J: Amy Mc Lucas 54
3g Super Easy (NZ) x Offangone (NZ) (Gonski (AUS))
Dusky Dancer
T: Lauri Parker J: Ellen Hennessy 54
3g Kuroshio (AUS) x Westside Magic (AUS) (Nicconi (AUS))
Beau Monde
T: Lee & Cherie Curtis J: J Innes Jnr 55
3f Capitalist (AUS) x Sagaronne (AUS) (Real Saga (AUS))
My Eloise
T: Joseph Pride J: K Mc Evoy 55
3f Capitalist (AUS) x Judicial Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
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