Da Vinci by a neck

By JOHN SCANLON

Da Vinci scored on his racecourse debut in a novice event at Chelmsford City on February 13.
The Golden Horn colt, owned by Brown, Hathorns and Partner, faced five rivals over a trip of a mile and a quarter. Those rivals included an odds-on favourite in Godolphin’s Pitcher’s Point, a Medaglia d’Oro colt who had finished second in a Wolverhampton novice event in January.
Pitcher’s Point set off in the lead, followed by Da Vinci and Joe Fanning. Cafe Milano and Poet’s Mind disputed second place at various stages, but Pitcher’s Point was travelling strongly at the head of affairs. Approaching the final quarter of a mile, Joe Fanning asked Da Vinci for his effort.
Gradually, the Golden Horn colt began to peg back the leader. Staying on strongly, Da Vinci got the better of his rival in the closing stages and scored by a neck. Cafe Milano took third, but Simon Dow’s colt was fully 11 lengths behind Pitcher’s Point.
Da Vinci is out of the Peintre Celebre mare, What A Picture, who has produced seven winners in the paddocks. He is a half-brother to the Listed winner Partner Shift, the Listed placed Majenta, the multiple Meydan winner Mufarrh and to Art History, trained by Mark to win five races for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed in 2011.