Australian Stakes-Winner for Verrazano
More Than Ready’s Grade I winning son Verrazano only shuttled to Australia for one season, but has produced a stakes-winner from that excursion with two year-old filly Mockery (2f Verrazano x Madoni, by Lonhro) scoring a tenacious win in the Listed VRC Very Special Kids Plate at Flemington on Saturday.
The John McArdle trained filly led all the way in the 1000 metre scamper and despite looking beaten half a dozen times, fought on to credit her sire Verrazano with his first Australian winner and stakes-winner.
Mockery finished unplaced in the Listed MRC Inglis Debutant Stakes at Caulfield when making her career debut on October 13 last year. She was off the scene for four months before finishing second over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley on February 15.
In a blanket finish, Mockery was strong to the line to win by half a head and has now won over $100,000 in prizemoney.
"She does have a bit of streak in her that's about a mile and a half wide and she's not that big," McArdle said.
"She is still not doing things right, but she's tough.
"Scott Williamson bred her and put a lot of his mates in and she's a stakes-winner now so he's got himself a broodmare.
"The first time we galloped her we thought she was very quick but I just wondering if she was a greyhound and needed no more than 600 metres but she runs a 1000m at has got the job done now ".
Mockery is the first foal of the Lonhro mare Madoni who boasts an interesting pedigree with the Eight Carat family featuring on both top and bottom halves.
Madoni is a half-sister to High Achiever, the dam of the Mick Price-trained She's So High, who also won a stakes race at Flemington on Saturday. It’s the family of Group I winners Shooting to Win, Luna Rossa and Emerald Dream via the Cotehele House branch of the Eight Carat family.
Mockery is the third stakes-winner worldwide for Verrazano, who has two stakes-winners in North America.