Volkoff Delivers For Relieved Crispin

14
Jan

Talented mare Volkoff had threatened to win a feature race and she broke through in the Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Volkoff repaid the faith of punters after an unlucky fifth in the Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m) two weeks ago when she started favourite.

Handing Gary Crispin his best win as a trainer, Volkoff unleashed her brilliant turn of foot to defeat the luckless Durendal by a long-neck.

Candlelight Star, one of two starters for Great Southern trainer, Roy Rogers, ran a gallant third after racing wide for the majority of the race.

Durendal, who ran his second successive runner-up finish since crossing from the east, was charging to line after getting held up in the straight.

Crispin said Volkoff’s first feature win and her ninth victory from 24 starts, was overdue, but deserved.

“It’s about time she has picked up this race and I couldn’t be prouder,” Crispin said.

“It’s a dream come true for me and the owners who I would like to thank for sticking by me.

“She may go for a break now but I will see what the connections want to do.”

The Gangemi stable may have missed out with Durendal, but no doubt easing their pain was the stunning win of Three Votes earlier.

The son of Fastnet Rock put on a clinic when he scorched to an all-the-way win in the Australia Day BBQ-Jan Handicap (1000m).

Gangemi said Three Votes, who defeated Slik Sam by just over five lengths, was a more than capable galloper when he is switched on.

Julio Santarelli