Widden Winners at Wyong
Three year-old Stratum filly Sangiovese scored a debut victory at Wyong on Sunday for the Bjorn Baker stable.
Well educated for her first race day appearance with two good recent trials under her belt, Sangiovese was able to overcome an outside gate to win.
She showed speed to go forward and sit just off the leaders for Brenton Avdulla before accelerating to the front after turning for home.
Despite racing a touch greenly over the final furlong, she held on well to win the 1000 metre maiden by a neck.
Sangiovese runs for a syndicate that includes her breeders Widden Stud and Robert Anderson and is the first winner for Group I placed US stakes-winner Moon de French (USA).
Spendthrift Farm bought the current two year-old from Moon de French, a More Than Ready (USA) filly at Inglis Easter last year for $200,000 and the yearling colt by Your Song sold for $80,000 at Magic Millions this year.
Moon de French had a Sebring colt last year and was then covered by Redoute’s Choice.
Making it a double for Widden Stud graduates later in the day was three year-old Snitzel Knight, who saluted for Peter and Paul Snowden.
A modest $21,000 Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale purchase from the Widden Stud draft for Kitchwin Hills, Snitzel Knight scored by two and a quarter lengths over 1200 metres at his first run back from a spell.
Bred by Robert Anderson and foaled and raised at Widden, Snitzel Knight is by Snitzel from the Zabeel mare Miss Alia (NZ).