ORBY BUY BLOWS THEM AWAY AT GOODWOOD
25 August 2018
ANTONIA DE VEGA (IRE) confirmed the promise of her debut victory
when making a successful step up in class in Saturday’s Group 3 Prestige Stakes
at Goodwood. The Ralph Beckett-trained two-year-old won a highly-competitive
maiden at the Newmarket July course and for that, shared favouritism with
Richard Hannon’s well-bred representative, Posted.
The most lightly-raced in a field of , ANTONIA DE VEGA (IRE)
showed her inexperience when hesitating to challenge and it was not until
inside the final furlong that the penny dropped, and with that, Harry Bentley’s
mount surged past her rivals with an astonishing turn of foot. Bentley later
eluded to the Fillies Mile as a potential target for the winner, deeming a step
up in trip to her liking. Last year’s winner, Billesdon Brook, won the 2018
1,000 Guineas, which would further support his claims.
Bred by Fermoir Ltd, ANTONIA DE VEGA (IRE) was sold by
Ballylinch Stud to Ralph Beckett for €100,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale.
Ballylinch stand her sire, Lope De Vega (IRE), and bred and raced her dam,
Witches Brew (IRE), to earn black-type on two occasions. Witches Brew (IRE) is
a half-sister to Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois victor Al Wukair (IRE) and
shares her page with Prix de Diane heroine Caerlina (IRE), Irish 1,000 Guineas
third La Nuit Rose and Group 1 performer Sri Putra.