As a full brother to a Group I winner, promising gelding Staviva (3g Encosta de Lago x Vivacious Spirit by Bel Esprit) is entitled to have ability and showed plenty of that when winning easily at Mornington on Wednesday.
An eye-catching chestnut with a prominent white blaze, the Matt Laurie trained Staviva looked good winning at Moe last start at his first run back from a spell and again looked a bright prospect in the Benchmark 64 event over 1200 metres.
Allowed to settle back in the field by Ben Melham, he flew home from the turn to win by a length with better wins in store.
“He’s a lovely horse and has always shown a lot of ability,” said Matt Laurie.
“He’s nominated for the Guineas (Caulfield), but I doubt we’d go for that. There are plenty of other stakes races around and I think he’s really more of a later three year-old.”
A son of champion sir Encosta de Lago, Staviva was a $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Tarcoola Stud draft for his trainer and has now won two of three starts.
Bred by Ken Williams and Ken Biggins, Staviva is a full brother to Group I New Zealand One Thousand Guineas winner Costa Viva, the 2014 NZB Filly of the Year.
He is the second foal for Group III winning Bel Esprit mare Vivacious Spirit, a three-quarter sister-in-blood to stakes-winner Audacious Spirit.