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Melbourne in the mix for Volpe Veloce
14 Jun 2017

Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker are going to be spoiled for choice in the new season with their multiple stakes winner Volpe Veloce.

The high-class daughter of Foxwedge is in the early stages of a new preparation after spelling particularly well.  

“She had two months off and she’s really strengthened,” Richardson said. “She did two weeks of pre-training and she’s been back with us for a couple of weeks.

“She might go to the Foxbridge Plate and then we may look at Melbourne. There are any number of fillies and mares’ races there.

“Nothing has been confirmed yet though, and there’s Hawke’s Bay to think about as well.”

Volpe Veloce has won seven of her eight starts, including the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic, the Gr. 3 Eulogy Stakes and at Listed level the Karaka Mile and the Castletown Stakes.

Meanwhile, the stable will kick-start the career of another promising youngster at Te Teko tomorrow when La Mia Stella runs in the New World Whakatane 2YO.

“She’s a lovely filly, but I’m not sure about the ground,” Richardson said. “She’ll have this one and then we’ll put her out and come back and set her for the Gold Trail Stakes.” 

By Per Incanto, La Mia Stella has placed in both of her lead-up trials while newcomer Crimson Glory has also impressed in the lead-up to his stable debut in the NZI/Sweeney Townsend Insurance Brokers Ltd 1200.

“He’s back from Hong Kong and he trialled up well, again I’m not sure about the ground for him,” Richardson said.

He also has Recollect and Ready To Rock in the Team Wealleans 1600 and was loathe to split the fillies while Eprouvez has drawn the outside gate in the Kope Turf Bar Sprint. He may be reserved for Pukekohe Park next week.