Belated Breakthrough for Vomo Island

Mark Smith - Wednesday November 29

Placed in four of his first five starts, Vomo Island returned from an 11-week break as a gelding to earn an overdue victory in Wednesday's $60,000 1800 Respect Super 3yo Maiden Plate (1200m) at Wyong.

Given an aggressive ride by Kerring McEvoy, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained son of Dundeel, tracked the I Am invincible x Mossfun filly Mathkhoora. Levelling up on straightening, Vomo Island gradually forged clear to defeat Mathkhoora by a length and a quarter with the All Too Hard gelding One Last Shot one and a half lengths back in third.  

The Snowden stable's Racing & Bloodstock Manager Colum McCullagh said Vomo Island will go through his classes.

"It probably didn't go 100 per cent to plan, but he got the job done," McCullagh said.

"He got a little lost around the bend, which can happen for horses at Wyong for the first time. When Kerrin got into him, it was good to see him lengthen.

"He is a big, free-flowing animal and will come into his own on bigger tracks.

'We've had a few of the family for Greg and Barb (Ingham). He is back as a gelding, so he is a racehorse now, and that's it. The stallion dram is over, but hopefully, he can knock over a few races for GPI."

A homebred for Greg Ingham, Vomo Island is a brother to the talented Thousand Years and a half-brother to the Listed VRC Cap D'Antibes Stakes winner Wayupinthesky (Snitzel).

Classic success for the family with Riff Rocket in the VRC Derby (image Grant Courtney)

His dam, The Darling One (Lonhro) is out of the Desert Prince mare Doubloon a half-sister to the Listed AJC Toy Show Quality Handicap winner Walk Alone, and to I Believe, dam of multiple Group II winner Rain Affair and Listed winner Ranges.

The family was in the news over the Flemington Carnival when The Darling One's three-quarter sister Rain Melody featured as the granddam of Group 1 Victoria Derby hero Riff Rocket.

The Darling One has an unraced 2-year-old Shalaa (IRE) filly named Inoue in the Snowden stable.

The daughter of Lonhro has a yearling filly by The Autumn Sun and foaled a sister to Vomo Island on October 17.

At the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Milburn Creek will offer another family member - an Astern filly (Lot 490). 




Race Result - 1800 Respect Super Mdn Plate 1200m

Wyong Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.90
Vomo Island
- 3g Dundeel (NZ) x The Darling One (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: P & P Snowden Rdr: K Mc Evoy 57
- 3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Mossfun (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Tyler Schiller 55
One Last Shot
- 3g All Too Hard (AUS) x Able (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Tnr: G Ryan & S Alexiou Rdr: J Parr 57
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $115,000
Seller: Carramar Park, Grose Wold
Buyer: L Lee
Mythical Moochi
- 3g All Too Hard (AUS) x Lady Moochi (NZ) (Per Incanto (USA))
Tnr: J C Coyle Rdr: J R Collett 57
Chief Witness
- 3g Star Witness (AUS) x Hilton Head (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Joseph Pride Rdr: S Clipperton 57
Waterpark Creek
- 3g Headwater (AUS) x Flambe (AUS) (Jet Spur (AUS))
Tnr: J C Coyle Rdr: Tommy Berry 57
Here Comes Hogan
- 3g Shalaa (IRE) x Liatris (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Tnr: Matthew Smith Rdr: Mitchell Bell 57
La Pelago
- 3f Star Turn (AUS) x Mate (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
Tnr: D Lane Rdr: Anna Roper 52
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