Filante Etoile Wins In Brisbane
16 May 2005New Zealand-trained mare Filante Etoile will attempt to give Ethereal's owners Peter
and Philip Vela yet another Group One success in next month's Brisbane Cup
(3200m) after a spectacular Australian debut victory in the Listed Metropolitan Hcp (2100m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Navigated to perfection by Scott Seamer, who will chase Adelaide Cup glory on Monday with Showgirl, Filante Etoile travelled in the leading division throughout before scoring by a half length to Lawler with
another Kiwi, Grace And Favour, a further three-quarters of a length
third.

The Vela brothers won the 2001 Queensland Oaks (2400m) in Brisbane with Ethereal who went on to record brilliant wins later that year in the Caulfield and Melbourne
Cups.

Filante Etoile may not reach the same heights as Ethereal, but trainer
Richard Yuill is hopeful she can live up to his expectations in the Group One Brisbane
Cup at Eagle Farm on June 13.

Like Filante Etoile, Yuill is on his first trip to Brisbane after a long
association as co-trainer with Colin Jillings, who retired in March to
concentrate on some of the pleasures of life, including fishing.

Yuill began his career with Jillings, firstly as an apprentice then as a
stable foreman before the pair decided to unite as trainers in New Zealand.

"I'd been with Colin for thirty years all up from when I started as an
apprentice until he retired," Yuill said.

"I was co-trainer with him for 18 of those years."

Yuill believes Filante Etoile, runner up in the New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trenthamlast year, has been vastly underrated in her homeland.

"She was very unlucky when she finished second in the New Zealand Oaks,"
Yuill said.

"At her last start she also was unlucky in the Hawkes Bay Cup. She ran seventh but she was only beaten about three lengths and she couldn't get a run."

The Velas bred Filante Etoile and are now reaping the rewards after a paddock accident as a yearling almost ruined her career.

"She's got a scar on her hind leg which was the result of a paddock accident
when she ran through a fence," Yuill said.

"Peter and Philip bred her and I think it was because of the accident she
didn't go through the sale ring."

Filante Etoile's dam, Georgiana, produced a chestnut filly by Van Nistelrooy last year and is currently in foal to Thorn Park.

   
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