Villa Treville impresses at Tamworth

Andrew Gibbons and the Stephen Jones-trained Villa Treville landed a dominant win at Tamworth on Monday.
Photo: Winning Edge Media.

It might have only been a maiden victory, but the Stephen Jones-trained Villa Treville will undoubtedly be in a few punter’s black books following a dominant three-length win at Tamworth on Monday. 

The three-year-old filly was only having her second start in the Country Boosted 1000m Maiden Plate, but she jumped well from gate 10 for Andrew Gibbons, finding the front after 300 metres. 

The pair had two lengths lead on the field when turning for home. Despite the Cameron Crockett-trained Devilicious (Aaron Bullock, $1.85) sitting in second and looking very ominous, the Scone galloper managed to pull away for a comfortable win from the race favourite, while in third and 3.02 lengths back was the Tim McIntosh-trained Serifice (Clayton Gallagher, $11). 

“She went well, and we are happy with the run,” Jones told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“She has had her problems and that, but we think we’ve got over them, so onwards and upwards we hope.”

Despite a big tip by Sky Racing’s Richard Callander in the lead-up to the race, Villa Treville was somewhat missed by punters, starting an $8.50 chance.

The American Pharoah filly out of Villa Moura – owned by Gerry Harvey – won a trial Scone over 910m on March 28, defeating subsequent winner Seductive. 

Before her win at Tamworth, she was well in the market when on debut over 1000m at Gunnedah earlier this month, but she missed the kick and worked home nicely to finish sixth, beaten 2,24 lengths.

Heading to Tamworth, Jones was confident she would go close to winning. 

“We thought she’d win,” He said. 

“At her first start the other day at Gunnedah, she missed the start, ran right around them, and had no luck at all. 

“The start was held up a fair bit, and she was flat-footed, but the run was terrific, and we knew if she jumped, she would be hard to beat.”

Jones hopes his filly can progress to Highway grade or better, but he won’t rush her.

“We’ll just find a race around here, a Class One and I will probably space her out to three weeks,” Jones said. 

“Then if she wins that, we’ll give her a crack at a Highway (Handicap).”

Jones has a lot of nice horses, and while Villa Treville’s maiden win was outstanding, he wasn’t one to get too carried away.

“She is yet to prove how good she is,” Jones said. 

“She has got to take that next step from a maiden to a Class One, and we’ll see if she can do that and go from there.”

It was a good day’s racing at Tamworth on Monday, with results evenly split between trainers and jockeys. 

For all results, click here.