Via Sistina dominates G1 Ranvet

Source:, By @Darcy_Cosgriff

Via Sistina has pulled off a big betting plunge in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, with Yulong’s big-money import scoring easily as a $2.30 favourite.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was purchased at the Tattersall December Mares last sale for 2.7 million Guineas ($A5.5 million), a far cry from the 5000 Guineas ($10,200 AUD) she cost as a yearling.

As much as $3.80 was offered for the mare on Friday, but that was shortened to $2.80 by this morning, and even further still leading up to the jump, as punters came in hot.

And their faith was repaid with style, as Via Sistina sauntered up to second favourite Think It Over ($2.70) and fellow Yulong import Place Du Carrousel ($A6.6 million) at the 200m mark.

It was an emphatic local debut from the Chris Waller-trained galloper, with just over a length to Place Du Carrousel in second, and stablemate Buckaroo rounding out the placings.

Jockey James McDonald was full of praise for Via Sistina post-race and thinks she can progress even further from the superb run.

“She’s got a big motor and, dare I say it, I think she’ll improve off that. Slow speed, fast speed, wet or dry, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

“She actually let out a little whinny out of the gates and I thought, ‘what’s going on here’ because it doesn’t mean good signs when they do that.

“But she’s come here in good order and she’s obviously going to be prepped up beautifully (for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes).”

Waller was equally impressed, and confessed that the stable’s role hadn’t been much more than keeping her in the condition she arrived in.

“She is a privilege to train. (Her former UK trainer) George Boughey has done a fantastic job with her career,” he said.

“James Ferguson prepared her for us from Newmarket and we’ve put the finishing touches on her the last three weeks.

“In fact, we haven’t really, we’ve just backed off, she came across very fit, so we haven’t panicked, we’ve just kept her safe and in good shape.

“It didn’t look like much (speed) on paper and that was a concern, but to amble up and for James (McDonald) to be sitting motionless at the 200, it was pretty good to watch.”

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