A Waterhouse and Bott trained two-year-old with good staying blood, Formentera, won his maiden in the $50,000, TAB Venue Mode Plate (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday making light work of the Heavy 8 track.
Tim Clark took Formentera to race outside Codebreaker and Josh Parr through to the turn and then quickly took over the pace in the middle of the track.
From that point the I Am Invincible colt was away to the line under Clark’s guidance with only Rousseau and Nash Rawiller coming from the field to get to within 1L at the line.
Rousseau (So You Think) and Rawiller were clear of the well-backed Shivani (Sebring) and Brenton Avdulla, the margin 1 1/4L. Wild Irish was fourth.
The time was 1.12.21 with the final 600m in 36.75. Formentera had opened at $8.00 on the tote and paid $10.20 and $10.00 on fixed odds.
Shivani was well supported late after opening at $8.60 and firming into $5.10 just before the off and then starting at $3.80.
“He has always showed nice ability, but we always thought 1400m to 1600m was going to be his go. I was very confident that he was going to be the strongest today, it was just going to be if I had enough speed to get as far forward as I did. Once I got there I was pretty confident that he was going to be just too tough for them,” said Clark.
“He will make a nice horse once he gets over a mile, he is starting to figure it out and putting it together. The ability has always been there and it has just taken a couple of runs.”
Formentera has raced three times commencing with a fourth on debut over 1150m on the Kensington track on January 4th followed by a third at Warwick Farm over 1100m on March 25th.
The colt is out of the Al Samer mare Eimhis who is out of the Touching Wood mare Nice Choice. With Clark confirming that Formentera has the characteristics of his dam side the stable have a potential classic contender to develop for the spring now that options for winter have changed with the Queensland Winter Carnival called off.
Formentera races in the colours of his breeder Emirates Park and he is raced with Ms K Waterhouse, Samaco Racing, Rifa Mustang, Mr C P Sourris, Mrs G Sourris, Mrs D M Murphy, Mr P R Murphy, Belsin Thoroughbreds, Glenlogan Park, Mr M A Slack-Smith, G1G Racing & Breeding, Mr B J Francis, Ms G C Coward, Mr D E Lowe, Mrs C L Lowe and Mr R C Lowe. He has earned stakes of $44,750.
Later in the programme the Gary Portelli trained Distrupter defied wagering support for Instant Attraction to claim the Hyland Race Colours Bm 66 Handicap (1200m) for three-year-old’s in the Dissident gelding’s first race since June last year.
Rachel King took Disrupter through inside the other runners in the middle of the track with the result a 1 1/4L victory over Special Snap (Shooting To Win) and Nash Rawiller with Lancer (Sepoy) and Adam Hyeronimus third 3/4L away.
Instant Attraction had led down the Georges River side but after Disrupter went past inside the filly fell away in the heavy conditions for fifth.
Portelli said that Disrupter was up to Saturday and black type company and the upcoming winter should be the gelding’s time for his Darby syndicated owners. It was Disrupters second win from six starts and with to seconds he has earned stakes of $107,850.
TAB Venue Mode Plate, photo finish picture ATC