Velonski blitzes rivals at Kilmore
Feb 24, 2013
Smart three-year-old Velonski returned to his impressive best when a dominant winner of the Hogans Hotel Motel Rating 68 Handicap (1200m) at Kilmore.
Velonski showed his talent with wins at Werribee and Moonee Valley during his two-year-old season before the son of Falvelon struggled to break through again despite running good races in tough company.
Velonski was close to the winner in $80,000 and $100,000 races in his past two preparations before trainer Greg Eurell dropped the gelding back to a winnable $17,500 event to build his confidence at Kilmore.
Top jockey Chris Symons was aboard Velonski at Kilmore, overcoming a moderate beginning to take the handy galloper to the front soon after the start, which turned out to be the winning move.
Velonski relaxed perfectly for his rider, allowing Symons to control the middle stages of the race, slowing the speed to suit his horse before quickening again from the 500 metres.
Velonski railed beautifully for Symons rounding the home turn, increasing his margin hard up against the inside fence and ending the hopes of his opposition with 200 metres to run.
The runner-up Epona Princess ran on well at the end of the event but never threatened Velonski, getting no closer than 1-1/2 lengths from the winner on the line.
The victory was Velonski’s third from 11 starts but also emphasised his talent with the manner of his success.
Hancox Racing bought Velonski for just $30,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with the promising prospect earning another $10,500, taking his earnings to more than $109,000 for his connections.
Congratulations to Velonski’s owners – the members of the Hancox Racing No 5 Ltd Syndicate.
© MiStable 2013