Vieira Family Feeling the Love
Widden Stud’s much missed Golden Slipper winning sire Sebring had his 80th stakes-winner on Friday when Agreeable won the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup and he wasted no time following up with his 81st when promising three year-old filly A Lot More Love started Everest day at Randwick with a win in the Listed ATC Reginald Allen Stakes (1400m).
A homebred for Bert Vieira and his family, the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou trained filly A Lot More Love ended a frustrating run of minor placings with a last start maiden win at Newcastle and was fitted with blinkers for this tougher assignment.
She trialled well in the blinkers last week and produced a career best performance when it counted for Brenton Avdulla to surge through in the inside and win by two lengths over progressive fillies Vienna Princess (Snitzel) and Call Di (Frankel).
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“When she won at Newcastle a month ago Brenton (Avdulla) recommended putting blinkers on her as we thought she should have won that race a lot easier,” said Gerald Ryan.
“She trialled really good in the blinkers and I’ve been really confident for the last two weeks about her coming into this race.”
A Lot More Love was offered through the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in the Widden Stud draft and recorded as a $10,000 sale, but runs for her breeders the Vieira family and has the overall record of two wins and four placings from seven starts with prizemoney topping $160,000.
She is the first winner for Little Bita Love, a winning half-sister by Snippetson to the dam of last week’s Group III ATC Nivison winner Sky Command from Group III winner Sky Love.
It’s a terrific Black Type family made famous by Stuart Ramsey featuring Group I winner Sky Cuddle and Group II winners Champagne Cuddles, Highly Recommended and Fast Clip.
Little Bita Love has a two year-old filly by Trapeze Artist called Sky Artist and a yearling colt by the same sire to follow and is back in foal to him again.