A new star seems destined to burn brightly for Medaglia d’Oro in Australia following the courageous victory of Asiago in the G3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle on Saturday, 16 November.
Asiago became the 136th Stakes winner for the Medaglia d’Oro, whose former days as a shuttle stallion produced the southern hemisphere G1 winners Astern, Flit and Vancouver in Australia and the New Zealander Crown Prosecutor.
While Asiago has some way to join that group, her latest win – her fourth from nine starts – suggested she is a filly of well above average ability.
After jumping cleanly from the gates, Asiago raced comfortably outside the leader and took control at the 200m, fighting off a series of challenges to beat Game Of Thorns and Donandkim.
The filly is the third winner from three to race out of the Australian Stakes winner Disputes, who was raced by Sheikh Mohammed as was her half-sister, the dual Stakes winner Divorces.
Medaglia d’Oro will stand the coming northern hemisphere breeding season at Jonabell Farm Kentucky at a fee of US$200,000, stands and nurses.