Impressive Win for Encosta 3YO

Lightly raced gelding Vine (3g Encosta de Lago x Zamsong, by Zabeel) won by the biggest margin of the day at Sandown on Wednesday and looks a horse with a bright future.

The Lloyd Williams owned and Robert Hickmott trained Vine cast off maiden status with a resounding four and a half length win in the 2100 metre maiden.

Sent out favourite for his fourth race start, Vine was driven forward from a wide gate by Craig Williams to sit just off the pace and accelerated to the line in the manner of a rising staying star.

“He ended up having to do it really hard from an outside barrier, but I was impressed with his last 200 metres,” Williams said.

“It was the best part of his race and he was really solid late. He gave me a really good feel.”

A son of champion sire Encosta de Lago, Vine was a $240,000 Inglis Easter purchase for De Burgh Equine/James Harron Bloodstock from the draft of Werai Park Stud and is a half-brother to dual Group I winner Sarrera from the good producing Zabeel mare Zamsong.

Vine owes his grey colouring to his female line tracing back to the grey Sovereign Edition (IRE) mare Belle Cherie, the dam of champion three year-old and Australian Horse of the Year Beau Zam.

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