Maurice Filly Genzano Takes the Spring Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday November 18

Shortly after Ortensia was inducted to the Hunter Valley Hall Of Fame, her granddaughter Genzano became the first stakes-winner for Paul Messara and Leah Gavranich partnership in Saturday's Group III New Zealand Bloodstock Spring Stakes at Newcastle.

Proud moment (image Scone RC)

Ridden by Zac Lloyd, the 3-year-old daughter of Maurice (JPN) looked a class above her rival in defeating the Written Tycoon filly Kind Words by one and a quarter lengths with Fireburn's half-brother Kintyre (Hallowed Crown) a half-nek back in third.

"How fitting that a granddaughter of Ortensia would be my first Group winner," Gavranich said.

"I started as a trackwork rider, and progressed to foreman, travelling foreman, assistant trainer, and co-trainer; it has been a wonderful journey.

 "She is something else, this horse. She still doesn't settle in the run very well. You have to go back and watch it, but that was a 20 out of 10 ride from Zac (Lloyd). He drew 11, there was a gap in the field, he rolled across and put her on the rail and almost put her to sleep.

"He knew she was going well, pushed out at the top of the straight, and probably went a little too soon, but it didn’t matter; she was off and gone.

“She has Ortensia’s head collar on. It is a lovely head collar that has been sitting in storage, so we rolled it out again.”

Ortensia had just two foals, both fillies, before her death.

A homebred for Arrowfield Stud and the Fraser family, Genzano is the first foal out of Ortensia’s unraced daughter,  Infiorata (Dream Ahead).

After finishing second to the undefeated Burling at Tamworth in April, Genzano opened her 30-year-old campaign with a sixth in a super maiden at Muswellbrook before reeling off wins at Scone and Newcastle and has now banked $194,775  from her three wins.  

Infiorata has a 2-year-old colt by Pariah, a yearling colt by Admire Mars (JPN) and was covered by Shalaa (IRE) last spring.

Genzano is the 23rd stakes-winner for Arrowfield Stud shuttler Maurice (JPN).



Race Result - New Zealand Bloodstock 3yo Spring Stakes Gr3 1600m

Newcastle Track: Good(4) Time: 1:35.25
- 3f Maurice (JPN) x Infiorata (AUS) (Dream Ahead (USA))
Tnr: P Messara & L Gavranich Rdr: Zac Lloyd 54.5
Kind Words
- 3f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Gracious Grey (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: K A Lees Rdr: S Clipperton 54.5
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $280,000
Seller: Cambridge Stud, Cambridge, NZ
Buyer: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
- 3g Hallowed Crown (AUS) x Mull Over (AUS) (So You Think (NZ))
Tnr: G Portelli Rdr: A Hyeronimus 56.5
Hallowed Crown
Sly Boots
- 3g Toronado (IRE) x Miss Softhands (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Regan Bayliss 56.5
Uncle Harry
- 3c Harry Angel (IRE) x Port Elizabeth (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Tnr: P M Perry Rdr: Reece Jones 56.5
Metallic Ruler
- 3c Capitalist (AUS) x Iron Mizz (USA) (Mizzen Mast (USA))
Tnr: Sam Kavanagh Rdr: C Schofield 56.5
- 3c Justify (USA) x Eckstein (AUS) (I Am Invincible (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J R Collett 56.5
- 3f Maurice (JPN) x Blazing Dragon (AUS) (Pendragon (NZ))
Tnr: Benjamin Smith Rdr: Ms R Freeman 54.5
Mah Ali
- 3f More Than Ready (USA) x Demanding Miss (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Tnr: Benjamin Smith Rdr: J Ford 54.5
Until Valhalla
- 3f Snitzel (AUS) x Bislieri (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: Rachel King 54.5
Invincible Spy
- 3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Danish Spy (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Tim Clark 56.5
Just In Time
- 3f Justify (USA) x Pickin' Time (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Richard & Will Freedman Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 54.5
- 3g The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Progressive (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J Parr 56.5
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