Lanieri continues family’s winning ways
Owner-breeder Jack O’Hagan hit the jackpot when he bought a striking looking filly 25 years ago.
The filly went on to race as Belle Salieri and won six races including the 1997 Dane Ripper Stakes.
However, it has been as a broodmare that Belle Salieri has excelled and the win of Lanieri at Doomben on Saturday was the 37th by one of her offspring.
The best known to date have been Belltone, who has won 10 races, and Roman Squire, who won seven.
The other winners from Bellle Salieri include Belscay (10 wins), Miss Orielle (4), Miss Courtly (1), and Secret Donna (1).
“She has been a good producer,” said O’Hagan who had his first Brisbane winner in the late 1940s.
Lanieri made it four wins in a row when she won the Mitavite Hcp (1200m).
Trainer Lindsay Gough has a big opinion of the mare.
“She has done a good job coming from a maiden winner in June to a city winner in August,” he said.
“But she has been up for a while and I don’t want to press her too hard.”
Gough said was confident at her next preparation she would be ready to race over 1400m or even longer.
“I think she might be the ideal mare for the winter fillies and mares races next year but we won’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said.
Trainer Tony Gollan will decide early this week whether Pienkna, who won the three-year-old race at Doomben, will head to Melbourne.
Lucky Tom, third behind Pienkna, remains on an ambitious spring path despite his defeat.
“He slipped a bit coming out of the barriers and a couple of horses crossed him to put him three back on the fence where you didn’t want to be,” trainer Harold Norman said.
“He will be better for the run and we are still going to Melbourne at this stage.”
Norman has entered Lucky Tom for the Cauflield Guineas and the Cox Plate.