Winning Debut for Vow and Declare Half-Sister

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A winning debut for Aperol Blitz, the three year-old half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare, was a highlight at Benalla on Thursday.

Trained by Nick Ryan, Aperol Blitz was well supported and went to the post as favourite for the 1100m maiden and justified the faith of punters when surging clear to win by nearly two lengths.


“She overcame a wide gate and got into a nice position,” said winning rider Harry Coffey.

“I just wanted her to settle, relax and finish it off and that is what she did. She’s a real professional and a pleasure to deal with and that helps a horse especially having their first start.”

The daughter of Shalaa (IRE) was bought back by her breeder for $170,000 when consigned to Inglis Easter by Widden Stud, who will offer her yearling half-sister by Dundeel at Inglis Premier as Lot 440.

Aperol Blitz is the fourth winner from five foals to race from terrific producer Geblitzt, who is the dam of $6.6million earning Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare as well as stakes-winning stayer Lycurgus.