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Castelvecchio Gets The Deal Done

Love at first sight? Not quite, but owner Ottavio Galletta knew he had to buy outstanding colt Castelvecchio when he first saw him as a yearling in a paddock at Arrowfield Stud.

Castelvecchio Gets The Deal Done

Love at first sight? Not quite, but owner Ottavio Galletta knew he had to buy outstanding colt Castelvecchio when he first saw him as a yearling in a paddock at Arrowfield Stud.

“I looked at a lot of horses last year but I knew as soon as I saw this one, I had to have him,’’ Galletta said in the wake of the colt’s first Group One win in the $1 million Champagne Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

As much as he wanted the yearling colt then and there, Galletta had to wait for the youngster to be offered at the 2018 Classic Sale in Sydney where he had young Warwick Farm trainer Richard Litt make the successful bid of $150,000 on his behalf.


Castelvecchio Horseform has since become the horse of a lifetime for Galletta and his wife Wendy, earning more than $1.6 million prizemoney from three wins in his first five starts – including the inaugural $2 million Inglis Millenium - thanks to Litt’s brilliant handling of the colt.

“He’s our champion. He’ll go for a break now as there’s so many races we can look forward to in the spring with him,”Galletta said after the Champagne Stakes.

Dundeel, recalled Galletta’s first view of the colt at the Hunter Valley property.

“He was always a very nice type,” Messara said. “Ottavio had a look at all our yearlings and he got it down to a couple of horses and finally selected this one - he made the right call.

"It's a great thrill. Castelvecchio is really taking it all in front of him and so is his sire.

“Dundeel has done enough now to satisfy us that he’s going to be a leading force in this country for the next decade or so.”

Dundeel
Dundeel Picture:Arrowfield Stud

A dominant classic and weight-for-age winner of six G1 races, Dundeel, by the late High Chaparral, retired to Arrowfield in 2014 and from his first two crops to race has produced G1 winners in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Dundeel’s seven individual stakes winners include New Zealand’s top 2YO Yourdeel, a dual G1 winner this year of the Sistema Stakes and the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, and Atyaab, winner of the G1 Cape Derby at Kenilworth in South Africa.

Castelvecchio is a half-brother to four winners including the G1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile) from the Listed winner St Therese, a Dehere half-sister to the five-time G1 winner Planet Ruler (Kaoru Star) from the Aloe mare Moon Scent.

St Therese has a yearling colt by Panzer Division and is in foal to the same sire.

Racing And Sports




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R6 RANDWICK 20 April 2019
Moet & Chandon Champagne Stks 2 , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Advancing to 1600m here brought out the best in talented colt Castelvecchio, who was impressive in taking out this Group 1 feature, his third win in five starts. He began well and settled back in fifth place, tracking a solid tempo. He moved up nicely to turning for home, hit the front at the 100m and then went on to win well, running the 1600m out strongly and in quick time (1:33.31). Loving Gaby raced in second place, tracking a quick pace. She set out after the leader on turning for home and kept fighting gamely for a good second. Lady Lupino went to the front as expected but raced keenly, setting a fast pace. She held her lead until nearing the 100m and did well under the circumstances in holding on for third. Fortress Command raced in third place and kept battling on nicely for (3.8 lengths) fourth.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. CASTELVECCHIO (AUS)
2yo Colt
RICHARD LITT
JOSH PARR
56.5
$2.88
 
DUNDEEL (NZ) - ST. THERESE (AUS)
Galletta Construction Co Pty Ltd (Mgr: O Galletta)
2nd  
9. LOVING GABY (AUS)
2yo Filly
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
JAMES MCDONALD
54.5
$2.63
 
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - MAASTRICHT (NZ)
Phoenix Thoroughbred (Mgr: A A Salman)
3rd  
10. LADY LUPINO (AUS)
2yo Filly
DANNY O'BRIEN
DAMIAN LANE
54.5
$11.00
 
SEBRING (AUS) - LEONE CHIARA (AUS)
 D T & Mrs J O'Brien, T H Rourke, Widden Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: A W Thompson) & Salter Pastoral Company (Mgr: R C Salter)
4th  4. FORTRESS COMMAND (AUS)
2yo Colt
GERALD RYAN
BRETT PREBBLE
56.5
$9.00
5th  8. PRINCE FAWAZ (AUS)
2yo Colt
ANTHONY CUMMINGS
A HYERONIMUS
56.5
$51.00
6th  11. CRYSTAL FALLS (AUS)
2yo Filly
J G SARGENT
JAY FORD
54.5
$17.00
7th  2. POWER SCHEME (AUS)
2yo Colt
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
MARK ZAHRA
56.5
$17.00
8th  12. CHIA (AUS)
2yo Filly
BRAD WIDDUP
COREY BROWN
54.5
$61.00
9th  3. VINCO (AUS)
2yo Colt
TONY MCEVOY
HUGH BOWMAN
56.5
$21.00
10th  5. WAR BARON (AUS)
2yo Colt
DAVID PAYNE
JASON COLLETT
56.5
$101.00
11th  7. PERSAN (AUS)
2yo Colt
DAVID PAYNE
BLAKE SHINN
56.5
$41.00
12th  6. DAWN TOO GOOD (AUS)
2yo Colt
GARY MOORE
TIM CLARK
56.5
$151.00

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