Valloria hangs tough in Orari Challenge Stakes win

In what was just his third race start, Valloria signalled that he could be a big chance in some of the upcoming features for the three year old trotters with a strong win in the Orari Challenge Stakes.

With all the breeding on his side, Majestic Son - Savona, Valloria started his career earlier last month at the two day Nelson meet, where he placed third on day one and was a second day winner. He showed enough on that trip to target a nice race yesterday, one that included many of the better two year olds of last season.

Sent forward off the gate early, Valloria assumed the lead at the 1400m. From the 1000m, he was strongly attended by first Springbank Lochie and then by his stablemate Majestic Man, but at the 600m, had again railled through to take the lead off Majestic Man. From the 300m, it turned into a two horse race and while Majestic Man was as game as they come, Valloria simply held too many guns and went home a narrow, but comfortable winner by a neck.

John was very happy with Valloria, a horse that he only expects to get better over time.

"He's a nice horse, but still has a lot to learn. He does have a motor though and hopefully will only continue to get better."

The win only continues a dream run so far this year for Alan and Ian Neumann, Valloria's winning owners, the pair having tasted success with Valloria and Tyron Bettor's Ella (2 wins), Bonnie Highlander and Loveyoutodoit (1 win).

A natural path for Valloria will see him head towards the Hambletonian in three weeks, a race in which he will likely be joined by Sundees Son, another top two year old from last season.

Valloria records win two from just three starts taking out the Orari Challenge Stakes

Posted: Sun 04 Feb 2018

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