Derby Contender for Pierro
Tara Madgwick - Saturday March 31
Coolmore's Golden Slipper hero Pierro already has an Oaks winner on his sire resume in Pinot and may well end up with a Derby winner after progressive colt Levendi scored a determined victory in the Group II ATC Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.


Winner of the Group III VRC Carbine Club Stakes over 1600 metres in the spring, the Peter Gelagotis trained colt has been given a good solid staying preparation this time in and was a last start second in the Group II MVRC Alister Clark over 2040 metres.

Levendi - images Steve HartWith that run under his belt, he relished the 2000 metres of the Tulloch Stakes, travelling just behind the leaders for Mark Zahra before hitting the line hard over the last 100 metres to grab a short head win over Astoria, who was third in the Victoria Derby in the spring.

"He didn't make it easy for me," Mark Zahra revealed.

"Halfway up the straight I thought he was complacent and happy running second, but I got stuck into him and the Gelagotis boys had him nice and fit. He was strong over the line."

The Gelagotis brothers are in Dubai with Illustrious Lad for the Group I Al Quoz Sprint, but Zahra was optimistic about Levendi's chances in the upcoming Group I ATC Australian Derby next Saturday where he will tackle 2400 metres.

"He switched off in the run. He relaxes really well," he added.

"If he wasn't going to get the trip I think he would have run second but he toughed it out really well."

Levendi has won four of nine starts earning over $350,000 in prizemoney for his big team of owners.

A $140,000 Magic Millions purchase for Manny Gelagotis from the Widden Stud draft, Levendi was bred by long time Widden client Robert Anderson.

Foaled and raised at Widden, Levendi is the second winner for stakes-placed Redoute's Choice mare Lipari, a daughter of Group I winner Tully Thunder.

She has a yearling filly by Sebring that will be offered by Widden Stud at Inglis Easter as Lot 207.


Levendi is one of six stakes-winners this season for Pierro, who has 21 entries for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.


Tulloch Stakes Gr2 2000m
Rosehill Track: Good(4) Time: 2:04.14
1
0.1
Levendi
T: Peter Gelagotis J: M Zahra 56
3c Pierro (AUS) x Lipari (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Manny Gelagotis $140,000
2
0.1
Astoria
T: James Cummings J: C Reith 56
3c Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Segue (AUS) (Ad Valorem (USA))
3
0.3
Weather With You
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: J R Collett 56
3g Teofilo (IRE) x Tarique (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
MM National Yearling Sale $27,000
V:Sun Stud Kerrie Vic
B: Andrew Forsman $27,000
4
2.1
Mongolian Marshal
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: Craig Williams 56
3g High Chaparral (IRE) x Ardeche (NZ) (Dehere (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Rider Horse NZ $220,000
5
2.2
Belfast
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: M J Walker 56
3c Teofilo (IRE) x Lovingthelimelight (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr TL Busuttin/Ms N Young $130,000
6
4.2
Tangmere
T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy 56
3c Frankel (GB) x Our Echezeaux (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $1,300,000
V:Pencarrow Stud
B: BBA Ireland/Mr T Magnier/Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum/Niarchos Family/Mr A Ng $1,300,000
7
4.3
Godunov
T: G A Ryan J: J Parr 56
3c Dalakhani (IRE) x Global Dance (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $620,000
V:Element Hill, Running Creek, Qld
B: G Ryan $620,000
8
4.5
Primitivo
T: John Thompson J: T Angland 56
3g Sebring (AUS) x Classic Quest (USA) (Coronado's Quest (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $105,000
V:Turangga Farm Scone NSW
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services P/L (FBAA) $105,000
9
4.9
Yuralla Boy
T: T S Howlett J: A Hyeronimus 56
3g Dreamscape (AUS) x Devilina (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale $12,000
V:Neila Thoroughbreds, Cowra
B: T Howlett $12,000
10
5.0
Octabello
T: M G Price J: M J Dee 56
3c Pierro (AUS) x Charlotte De Belle (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $190,000
V:Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA
B: M G Price Racing $190,000
11
7.1
Pissaro
T: R E Laing J: D Oliver 56
3c Pierro (AUS) x Sirani (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $410,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Ray & Susan Montague $410,000
12
7.7
Augustus
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 56
3c Snitzel (AUS) x Gussy Godiva (NZ) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $375,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: China Horse Club $375,000
13
8.3
Our Mantra
T: Joseph Pride J: C W Brown 56
3g Sebring (AUS) x Truly Elegant (AUS) (Scenic (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Bill Mitchell (FBAA) $180,000
14
10.7
Love Waves
T: A and E Cummings J: J Ford 56
3g Azamour (IRE) x Leti (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: AJ Cummings T/Breds $150,000
15
25.4
Bullet Shot
T: P and P Snowden J: Tim Clark 56
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Rendzina (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $700,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: China Horse Club $700,000