Talented Stryker filly Andrioli launched the Caulfield Cup meeting on a winning note for Peter Carrick’s Lakeview Resources and Three Bridges Thoroughbreds on Saturday.
Andrioli scored a front-running victory in the $100,000 Yellowglen Plate (1400m) and, with a big Super VOBIS bonus, she collected $81,000 for first place. Carrick purchased her on behalf of a syndicate for $65,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and sent the filly to Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon.
“She looked good in the yard and Robert didn’t tie me down with too many instructions,” jockey Craig Williams said.
“She was drawn wide and I decided to make a beeline for the front.
“I trusted the filly wouldn’t fold and she delivered. The win will cheer Peter up – he’s been out of action after a shoulder operation.”
The Melbourne businessman, who raced top sprinter Kaphero, boards his mares at Arcadia on the Goulbourn Valley Hwy between Nagambie and Shepparton.
Andrioli had opened her account at Sandown Lakeside earlier this year and also finished fourth in the G3 TBV Stakes at Flemington in March. She will be set for the LR Desirable Stakes (1400m) at Flemington’s Melbourne Cup meeting on November 3.
Bred and sold by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, she is by resident sire Stryker from G2 Reisling Slipper Stakes winner Let’s Rock Again (Chief’s Crown).
Stryker stands for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Three Bridges. His promising Kiwi three year-old Rangipo won again in Rotorua on Saturday after breaking his maiden at Taupo last month.