Trainer Gordon Yorke is blessed with an abundance of class thoroughbreds.
Trainer Gordon Yorke is blessed with an abundance of class thoroughbreds.

Cap Vilano to back up at race day

KIWI-born man mountain Gordon Yorke has been blessed with an abundance of class thoroughbreds since unheralded Fire Oak won the 1990 Victoria Derby as a maiden.

An avid fisherman based at Coffs Harbour, Yorke has put the polish on the likes of Natural Destiny, Nuclear Medicine, One Lickety Split and in-form mare Rare Diamond, to name just a few, over a defining career as a trainer.

So when Yorke suggests he’s got a “pretty good horse” in his care, it’s worth taking note.

The latest thoroughbred to add a sparkle to Yorke’s discerning eye is lightly raced four-year-old Cap Vilano.

By Filante, a former champion racehorse and stallion rated highly by Yorke, Cap Vilano backs up at the Coffs Coast Advocate race day tomorrow in the Park Beach Plaza Class 2 Handicap (1409m).

Cap Vilano looked most impressive scoring a dominant two-and-three-quarter length win over 1405m at Grafton on Monday, displaying a dazzling turn of foot, the domain of above-average gallopers.

“I don’t normally back them up this quickly but he’s pulled up really good, it’s on his home track and he can win again,” Yorke said.

“This race wasn’t on our original race plan but the owners have been very patient.

“He’s ready to go around again. We can start building the picket fence (winning sequence).

“I worked him along Friday. He went good.”

Yorke was instrumental in the owners, headed by Sydney-based Andrew Mackay, sending Cap Vilano’s dam, Canny Belle to Filante.

“He (Filante) raced in a stellar period against great horses, should have won a Cox Plate or two,” Yorke said in admiration of the former Jack Denham-trained galloper.

“Cap Vilano showed me plenty early, I even had him nominated for the TJ Smith as a two-year-old but he was just immature early and they (the owners) let me give him a long spell (277 days).

“He came back a hand-and-a-half bigger, put on plenty of weight and has developed into a real racehorse.

“He was a big weak kid, but not any more.

“I’ve got real high hopes for him.

“He’s showing me enough to suggest he can develop into a group type horse or country cups up to 2000 metres. He won’t be ready for this year’s Coffs Harbour Cup but next year….well, we’ll see.”

Yorke will saddle up Ratanga and Witches Chase opposing Cap Vilano.

However, he nominated Stuart Phegan’s last start Grafton winner Premixa as the horse to beat.

“I trained Premixa’s mother (Apple Tree Queen) and had a good opinion of her,” Yorke added.

“Premixa looked good at Grafton.”



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