Godolphin’s winning run under Darren Beadman powered ahead with Viridine making it two wins in succession when taking the $100,000, John Miller Hall of Fame Handicap (1200m) for two-year-old’s at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Poet’s Voice colt was the punters elect and while he did not win with complete authority Rory Hutchings did a good job in making sure he kept his mind on the job at hand and the win always seemed secure.
Hutchings settled Viridine (58kg) behind Pendeloque (carried 52.5kg) and apprentice James Innes Jnr and stablemate Connoisseur (56kg) and Christian Reith with the pace moderate across the top straight. He then went three wide into the main straight and they were leading with 300m to travel.
The win looked a formality, but Pendeloque with his light weight did not give the task away and he made a determined effort on the rails to peg back the margin on Viridine. However Viridine kept his lead and at the line the margin was a short neck to make it two from two for the colt and for Hutchings after their debut win over 1100m on the same track on May 17th.
Pendeloque (Snitzel) did well for his second with Charlie Chap (Benitica) (54.5kg) and Jay Ford coming through for third with the margin a long neck. Silence was fourth and Connoisseur fifth.
The time was 1.12.02 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 34.66. Viridine paid $3.70 on fixed odds and $3.10 on the tote.
“He is still learning. He shows good ability at home and he is doing it here so it looks as if there is some upside to him. We have always had an opinion of him, but we have given him plenty of time which is why he started late in the season so he will probably go for a little break now,” said stable spokesman Paul Reid.
If Viridine, out of the Anabaa mare Patina, spells he will do so with the two wins and stakes of $148,000.
Viridine and Rory Hutchings, picture Sportpix.com.au