Connections of quality Victorian mare Varenna Miss have some decisions to make after she scored an impressive win in today’s Group Two QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.
A member of the Tony Noonan stable at Mornington, Varenna Miss came with a strong run in the straight under Dwayne Dunn to beat former star juvenile Phelan Ready.
Noonan and the owners of Varenna Miss had never really targetted next Saturday’s Group One Stradbroke Handicap – preferring instead to focus on the Winter Stakes later in the carnival.
Now with a Group Two win on her resume, the beautifully related Redoute’s Choice filly will be tested at racing’s elite level.
“It worked out perfectly,” Noonan said. “I wasn’t concerned about the (wide) gate at all.”
“She’s a big filly and she wanted plenty of room. I was pretty confident all the way up the straight.”
“It was only her ninth race start and she will continue to improve this mare,” he added.
“We’ll have a drink and think about (the Stradbroke). The plan was always for the Winter Stakes.”
“My concern at the moment is that she is lightly raced. I think in twelve months time she will be a lovely mare.”
“That (the Winter Stakes) was always the way I’ve been thinking, but when you win these races it gets you thinking,”
“She was very dominant and I think the further she goes the better – the 1400 (metres) will suit her better,” Noonan summed up.
A graduate of the Twin Palms Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Varenna Miss got home to beat former Magic Millions Classic winner Phelan Ready by a length.
Zingaling was third, a further half length back, while the favourite Sincero finished well back in the field – beating only a few runners home as the $3.30 elect.
A daughter of star Arrowfield Stud based sire Redoute’s Choice, Varenna Miss boasts the outstanding record of five wins and two placings from just nine lifetime starts.
The four-year-old mare is one of four winners from four to race for the group winning Bite the Bullet mare Mica’s Pride.
Varenna Miss is therefore a half sister to Silently – stakes winner of the James HB Carr Stakes.
Mica’s Pride is a sister to Money Begets Money and the dam of stakes winning siblings Gaze On and Bhutane Dane.
Winner: Varenna Miss (Redoute’s Choice-Mica’s Pride)
Race: BRC BTC Cup G2 (1300m)
Passed for: $180,000
Sale: 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Twin Palms Stud
Owner(s): GM & Mrs KA Fraser, Miss EL Fraser & BJ Fraser
Trainer: Tony Noonan (Mornington)
PICS – Dan Costello.