Musk Creek Farm graduate Stravigo broke his maiden first-up from a winter spell at Canterbury on Friday evening.
The Stratum gelding is trained by Snowden Racing for Perth-based owners Elio Galante and Rod Russell. He had been placed twice at Randwick earlier this year and won the TAB More Than Just Winning Maiden (1100m) by more than a length after James McDonald pushed the button at the top of the straight.
Musk Creek owner David Kobritz sold Stravigo for $170,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions on behalf of Andrew Goulopoulos who bred him from Moonee Valley winning mare Rovigo (Choisir).
Agent Tim Stewart (FBAA) bought Rovigo for $75,000 at the 2011 Inglis Broodmare Sale. She has yearling sister to the Canterbury winner and her latest foal is a Sebring filly born on VRC Oaks day. The mare is booked into Toronado at Swettenham Stud.
Goulopoulos has a quality bloodstock portfolio and, besides Rovigo, his other mares are being bred back to Victorian stallions such as Brazen Beau, Helmet and Canford Cliffs after foaling to down to the likes of exciting newcomers Zoustar and Pierro.
The Collingwood lawyer has been involved in the industry near on 40 years and raced Salamander to Group 1 victories in the Turnbull Stakes and Toorak Hcp. The gelding went down a nose to Hyperno in the 1979 Melbourne Cup after Roy Higgins produced one of the greatest losing rides in the race’s history.