VILLETTE surprised more than a few punters up and down the land yesterday when the Ivory filly won at 50/1 on just her fourth ever start.
The 3yo filly won on her debut earlier in the year at Kempton at 20/1 and clearly she goes well fresh as her victory at Leicester yesterday was after a 141-day absence but the win was not without its controversy.
Villette dead-heated with one of the joint-favourites, Entangling but was awarded the race in the Stewards’ Room after it was found that the Harper Lodge Farm filly was hampered inside the distance. There was no doubt that interference took place and the amended result was the correct one.
The filly clearly has a real heart for the game as she was off the bridle three out but stayed on tenaciously to win a hard-earned victory.
Winner of two of her four starts, Villette is yet another example of a Dean Ivory horse who was purchased as an unraced “older” horse for very little money but who has rewarded connections in the Winners’ Enclosure. This Sixties’ Icon filly was purchased for just 5,500 guineas at Newmarket last December.
Other such success stories this year include Incredible Dream, Artscape and Dark Magic, who have all won five races between them this season but they cost less than £22,000 between them.
The 5yo Artscape cost 100,000 guineas as a yearling but was bought by Dean for 4,500 guineas as a 3yo. He didn’t race until last year but with two wins under his belt, he has more than made up for lost time.
Dark Magic cost 575,000 guineas as a yearling but was re-sold for £14k. What a shewd purchase that is turning out to be with the son of Invincible Spirit winning on just his second start and already he has a rating of 81.
Patience is a virtue and Mr Ivory has plenty of it…!