Monday, 30 September 2013
Byron Cozamanis might need to enlarge his garage after Vatican won the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge (955m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
The Caulfield trainer won his first Mazda after Vatican created a new 955m course record of 54.69s at Moonee Valley in February. "You can't blame a bloke for having a crack at another car," Cozamanis laughed. "It's the same as a trainer's percentage for winning a million-dollar race."
Vatican (5g God's Own - Our Sistine by Peintre Celebre) clocked 55.76s in a courageous performance to defeat Day Procedure (Snippetson) and King Cotton (King Charlemagne) by two lengths. "I thought we were in trouble when he had to sit outside the leader," Cozamanis admitted. "But then he gave a kick and was all heart in the straight."
Heats of the Essendon Challenge will continue through to the Night Racing Season Finale on Friday, March 21.
Vatican has earned almost $400,000 for his connections which includes Makybe breeder Tony Santic and Best Bets tipster Julie Rowland. Santic kept a share after selling Vatican for $90,000 at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.
"He had back problems and muscle issues as a younger horse but we sorted them out," Cozamanis added. "He's so genuine and always puts in."
His sire God's Own (Redoute's Choice) started his stud career at Eliza Park before transferring to Greta West Stud. The move came about after Eliza Park was put up for sale earlier this year.
Vatican helped his winning strike-rate reach double figures in the second-half of September. God's Own sired a winning treble at Bendigo on September 18 with Sacred Dream, Angelic Lass and Black Jack Boy. And he also weighed in with doubles on September 22 (Dog Tired & Ineptocracy) and September 26 (San Jose & Smoke Burner).
God's Own stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Greta West. Studmaster Laurie McCarthy can be contacted for further information on 0410 476 196.
- Karl Patterson
Another Mazda at Moonee Valley