Talented colt Black Vanquish delivers Katelyn Mallyon a maiden win at stakes level with an impressive performance in the 2015 Thoroughbred Club Cup at Caulfield this afternoon.
Mallyon gave Black Vanquish a lovely run in transit just behind the leaders in the early stages of the Thoroughbred Club Cup and the ride proved to be the difference as the Lonhro colt was just able to hold-off Payroll and Pearl Star in the final stages of the race – both of whom had very little luck in running.
Trainer Tom Hughes has always had a very high opinion of Black Vanquish and he was thrilled to see the two-year-old record his second straight win and he indicated that a trip to Queensland for the Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on May 23 could be on the agenda for the colt.
“We just left it up to Katelyn and he left the barriers beautiful,” Hughes said.
“There was good speed, he has just done everything right and he got there early, but he still came away and won nice.
“It was a really good win.
“You would think that seven furlongs or a mile wouldn’t be a problem one day.
“We will just go home and see how things are.
“We might take him to Queensland for the Sires Produce, but if it looks like being underwater there we will stay home.”
Mallyon was riding at a metropolitan meeting for the first time since she suffered a back injury in a race fall at Moonee Valley in February and the win of Black Vanquish in the Thoroughbred Club Cup was her first success at stakes level.
The talented young hoop was thrilled to have finally scored Stakes success, but she was quick to pay credit to the effort of Hughes as well as the talent of Black Vanquish.
“It is special to do it for Tommy, he is so good with his horses and full credit to him with this horse,” Mallyon said.
“He has been a really tricky horse at trackwork and the rider that rides him in work every morning has done a tremendous job.
“It is a big thrill for the whole team.
“Going forward it is going to be really good for him to relax and hit the line the way that he did.
“He is going to be a better three-year-old.
“I have been pretty unlucky with seconds in stakes races, so it is good to get that win.”
Payroll and Pearl Star both hit the line strongly in the final stages of the race and are both a chance of heading to Queensland for the 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.