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Swiss Ace PaddockAptly Named Von Trapp Has a Bright Future

The aptly named Von Trapp (Swiss Ace) vindicated the high opinion his connections have of him when he made an impressive debut at Ruakaka on Saturday. Trained at Pukekohe by Richard Collett the two-year-old gelding had been unbeaten in three trials leading into Saturday and overcame a difficult barrier draw to lead comfortably for Andrew Calder early in the race. Von Trapp railed in front at the top of the straight before sprinting away over the concluding stages to win easily by 3.3 lengths and running a smart 59.53 for the 1000m on a slow track.

“He’s got a lot of upside, he didn’t jump that fast and had to use a bit of petrol early, but once he got there he felt like he was idling all the way,” Calder Said. “He’s led in his trials and always ran fast time. At this stage, we’ll probably keep him in work and look for another two-year-old race somewhere, and then maybe Hawke’s Bay for the three-year-old races.”

A $62,500 purchase by his trainer, Von Trapp is the fourth winner from the Belong To Me mare Musically, herself a daughter of the Group 2 winning sprinter Magic Music and half-sister to another Group 2 winning sprinter in Magically. Musically has an El Roca filly heading to the Ready to Run Sale at Karaka in January, has a weanling full brother to Von Trapp, and is infoal to El Roca.

Pictured: Swiss Ace, sire of Von Trapp. Photo courtesy of Lesley Warwic.

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