Sebring Winner for Laurel Oak
The Gary Portelli stable continued a great run of success with their juveniles at Canterbury on Wednesday with a front running victory for Lipizzan, a $120,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Laurel Oak Bloodstock from the Newhaven Park draft.
A brave second in the Listed Woodlands Stud Stakes at Scone when resuming from a spell, Lipizzan was sent out favourite for this 1100 metre maiden despite drawing near the outside.
Ridden forward by apprentice Rachel King, the daughter of Sebring quickly worked across to lead and was never headed to win by a length and a quarter.
“She’s always shown a lot of potential,” said Gary Portelli.
“She drew wide at Scone and fought on strongly, so I always thought if she dropped back to a midweek race she could just win.
“She’s a BOBS filly, so now we’ll try and win as much prizemoney with her as we can.”
With a win and three placings, Lipizzan has already won over $70,000 for her large group of Laurel Oak Bloodstock owners.
The 13th two year-old winner this season for Sebring, Lipizzan was bred by Laurel Oak in partnership and is the first winner for Absolutely Flying, a Commands three-quarter sister to Group III winner Camporella.