Jan 16, 2017
There was a very large crowd of very happy owners welcoming Capannello back to scale at Flemington on Saturday, the lightly raced three-year-old raced by a big group of enthusiastic racegoers.
Many of whom have been great long term supporters of the stable... such as Tony Zoanetti whose excitement saw him have Don Healy in a headlock as his horse crossed the line!
"It is terrific to see a lot of good people enjoy success," Healy laughed as Capannello's owners roared behind him.
And there is plenty more cheering to come with Capannello a horse of considerable promise - his Flemington success coming at just his fifth start.
Highly thought of enough to contest feature two-year-old races early last year, the son of Onemorenomore just needed a bit of time to mature and has come back all the bigger, bolder and stronger.
"He has come back a really nice horse," said jockey Ben Thompson who was impressed by Capannello's fortitude after he raced into a strong headwind.
"There was that and there is a lot to take in here at Flemington so he wanted to look around a bit. But he was really good late."
Sitting off the leader for most of the straight race, Capannello looked to be under pressure at the 300m with a horse on his outside clearly passing him. But he showed plenty of heart, really knuckling down over the final stages.
"He may still be a prep away," Thompson said, "but he is a horse with a lot of talent."
"He has improved," Don Healy said, noting that "with young horses the penny just has to drop."
"Nathan Rose has done a lot of work on him over the last few months and it was nice to see him stick his head out and work really hard over that last 100m."
A bargain $24,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Capannello is a son of Ridgeview Park's consistent stallion Onemorenomore and the unraced Elusive Quality mare Ausmaid.
Bred by Sun Kingdom, Ausmaid - who was served last spring by Ready For Victory - has produced two other multiple winners (Lead Husson and Hellaroo) and she is a half-sister to the Western Australian Listed winner Ghost.
Capannello was the third leg of a winning treble for the stable with Deja Blue also successful at Flemington whilst I Got Shivers earlier in the day had won his maiden at Camperdown.