Kiwi Bred Rising Tassie Staying Star
Breednet - Media Release - Saturday, 7 January 2017
Rising Tasmanian staying star Count Da Vinci has earned himself a shot at Group honours.

Count Da Vinci - Race ImagesThe New Zealand-bred son of Faltaat (USA) is unbeaten since crossing the Tasman and at Elwick on Friday he posted his fifth consecutive win when he claimed the Brighton Cup over 2100 metres in his open class debut for leading trainer Scott Brunton.

The victory earned the gelding, who raced as Faaltline in New Zealand, a berth in next month's Gr.3 Hobart Cup.

"I am thrilled with the result and I think this horse is ready made for the major cups," Brunton said.

Count Da Vinci is one of three tried Kiwi-breds purchased in the last four months for Australian clients by Victorian Leonard Russo under his Bluegrass Bloodstock banner. His New Zealand experience includes working stints in the early 2000s at Cambridge Stud and at Te Runga Stud.

"When we first thought about aiming the horse at the Hobart Cup I said to Scott that I want the horse to win the Brighton Cup because if he wins that he can win the Hobart Cup," Count Da Vinci's owner Wayne Notman said.

"And that was all in relation to the Brighton Cup offering ballot-free entry into the Hobart Cup.

"I couldn't be more pleased with how Scott has taken this horse along so far and now we know the horse has a start in the Hobart Cup we can relax a bit."

Count Da Vinci was formerly trained at Opaki by Jim Wallace and the son of Faltaat won one race, a 2100 metre maiden at Woodville in 2015, and placed nine times from his 18 starts. – NZ Racing Desk.

Race 7 - Brighton Council Brighton Cup - 2100m
Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 2:11.78. Sectional Time: 0:36.57 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $30,000 - 1st: $18,150 2nd: $5,400 3rd: $2,700.
 1   Count Da Vinci (NZ) T: Scott Brunton J: D Pires
6g   Faltaat (USA) x Cool Talk (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE) )
Not Offered
 2 1.3 Up Cups T: D L Brunton J: Boris Thornton
6g   Helike (USA) x Rising Art (Partners Choice (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 1.8 Settler's Stone T: T W Blacker J: J R Todd
5g   Savoire Vivre (GB) x Rock Chick (Octagonal (NZ) )
Not Offered
 4 4.1 Gladstone T: Scott Brunton J: A Darmanin
7g   Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Taravain (Kenvain )
 5 4.9 Rather Heroic T: Nigel Schuuring J: Ismail Toker
5m   Street Hero (USA) x Thrift (Quest For Fame (GB) )
 6 5.7 Player One T: Max Cowen J: Shuji Amano
7g   Host (CHI) x Alazeya (Anabaa (USA) )
 7 5.8 Milson T: Ms J Richards J: Damien Thornton
9g   Reset x Authoress (GB) (Singspiel (IRE) )
 8 7.8 Livermore T: Brendan McShane J: B Muhcu
5g   Host (CHI) x Quite The Lady (Elusive Quality (USA) )
 9 8.1 Gold Librettist T: Paul Maher J: Sigrid Carr
7g   Librettist (USA) x Ultra Gold (Made Of Gold (USA) )
 10 11.1 Geegees Classicboy T: L, D and T Wells J: T Baker
5g   Wordsmith x Evangelical (NZ) (Danzatore (CAN) )
 11 22.4 King Shaka T: Brendan McShane J: Sherry Barr
4g   Sharkbite x Cardannic (Bel Esprit )
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