French Flair at Penrith

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Big Bettor’s Delight filly Tres Vite lived up to her French name on debut in New South Wales at Penrith on Thursday, June 21.

Tres Vite, now a winner in NZ and Australia.. She’s shown winning her maiden at Winton on December 31 for trainer Mark Jones.

Tres Vite, French for “very fast”, unwound quickly with a well-timed finish for driver Chris Geary to win in a career best 1:57.4 mile rate for the 1720m.

She settled back in the running line from an outside second row barrier, but the $2.20 favourite was on the improve with cover to be within striking distance of the leaders turning for home.

Raced by NZ breeders, Stewart Gillan and Kevin Watson, she outfinished fellow NZ-bred Majestic Kiwi to win by a neck.

She had earlier won twice in 10 NZ starts for the Mark Jones stable.

Tres Vite, the second foal from Tres Bien Franco, who Mark Jones guided to her only win on the grass at Motukarara in 2009, for the Dean Taylor stable.

Her grand-dam Thrilling Franco (Holmes Hanover-Tammera) is a three-win sister to Unrehearsed (1:58.3), the three-win Live Or Die dam of former top NZ filly Lizzie Maguire (1:55.1, 12 wins & $477,366) and other smart winners Matt Maguire (1:53.9), Thomas Maguire (1:56.2), Tori Maguire (1:57) and Martine Maguire (1:57.7).

The Jones stable tried for a double in the next event but had to settle for second with Getarattleon, who was recording his second runner-ups cheque in five NSW starts.

Getarattleon was caught wide early from the five gate with Chris Geary electing to find the top end. He was worn donw by Premier Joy, finishing a 3.5 metres second in a 1:59.8 rate for the 1720m.