Vamos Bebe gets off the mark

Holyfield’s older sister breaks maiden at Avondale on third start

Vamos Bebe.
Vamos Bebe. Picture: Trish Dunell.

The Jamie Richards-trained Vamos Bebe (4 m I Am Invincible - Hurtle Myrtle by Dane Shadow) - who is an older sister to Saturday's Ming Dynasty Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Holyfield - broke her maiden over 1200 metres at the third time of asking at Avondale on Wednesday. 

Last seen finishing second at Taupo last month, having occupied that same position on debut and she finally got her head in front on Wednesday when beating Il Affare (Dundeel) by three and a quarter lengths, while Always Sacred (Sacred Falls) was another long-neck away in third. 

"She has always promised to do that," Richards said. "Her trials and her first two runs have been good.

"She's a filly that has battled with a couple of immaturity issues but hopefully now as a four-year-old she is passed all of that. She has obviously got a lovely pedigree, she is a very good type of filly and hopefully she can continue to improve from here."

Richards will look to step the mare through the grades before contesting better races.

"We will just potter through with her," Richards said. "If she was a three-year-old it would be a little bit different, but we will just take it one step at a time. We will find a Rating 65 1200 metre race for her and have a chat with Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud and make some plans.

"Hopefully she is going to be in a better race at short notice. She still travels quite keenly and is a bit green and immature yet, but she is on the right path."

Purchased by Paul Willets Bloodstock for $200,000 at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the Segenhoe Stud draft, Vamos Bebe is out of 2011 Myer Classic (registered as the Empire Rose Stakes) (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Hurtle Myrtle (Dane Shadow), who has produced three other winners, including the aforementioned Holyfield. 

The mare's third dam Winds Of Peace (Bletchingly) is the dam of Listed winner Whisper Bay (Royal Academy), who in turn produced fellow Listed winner Indian Thunder (Manhattan Rain), while Winds Of Peace is also the granddam of Group 3 winner He'll Haunt Us (Time For War).

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