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Villa Verde straight to Sydney

By Neale Donnelley TVN Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 9:05 AM

Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer has this morning confirmed his plans unbeaten two-year-old Villa Verde will not race again in Melbourne this season.

Villa Verde, a winner of both of her starts in stunning fashion last Spring, will not contest the Blue Diamond Stakes series at Caulfield.

She will head straight to Sydney for the Group 2 $300,000 Reisling Slipper Stakes (1200m) on March 16, into the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on April 6.

Dwyer says it is too difficult to have two-year-olds peaking twice (Blue Diamond into Golden Slipper) thus he has chosen to target the richer race in Sydney.

Villa Verde made her debut in the $120,000 Inglis Debutante Stakes at Caulfield on October 17 when a length and a quarter winner, before a two and three-quarter length win in the $120,000 7NEWS Stakes, down the straight at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt hasn’t been seen since and Dwyer explained this morning he has deliberately held her back to wait for the Sydney carnival.

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