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    SURROUNDED by his family, Joe Vassallo paid tribute to his mother at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Vassallo thoughts of his Mum came after... Group One tribute to late Mum

    SURROUNDED by his family, Joe Vassallo paid tribute to his mother at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    Vassallo thoughts of his Mum came after I Am Pegasus, which he trains and co-owns, captured a Vicbred Super Series Final.

    Mary, who enjoyed watching Vassallo’s team race, passed away last May.

    “She would’ve liked to have seen this,” Vassallo said. “She loved watching them.

    “She wouldn’t have really understood the difference of it being a Group One, she was just happy when we won.

    “I’ve got family out here and we’re enjoying it together.”

    Showing her customary gate sped to lead from barrier three, I Am Pegasus was rated to perfection by Chris Alford on her way to a 15-and-a-half metre win from Georgias Pride.

    Royal Charlotte was six metres away third in 2:01.2 over 2240 metres.

    “What a terrific run from her,” Vassallo said. “She settled well, which she hasn’t done previously, and went to line with bit up her sleeve.

    “I’m thrilled but it’s also more of a relief as you can be on a hiding to nothing being the favourite because people expect you to win.”

    To be given a short break the daughter of Pegasus Spur will then be aimed at next month’s Australasian Breeders’ Crown.

    “There is the option of having a go at the boys in the Derby, but she is a lightly-framed filly which has had a long season so I don’t want to over tax her,” Vassallo said.

    “The plan has always been the Breeders’ Crown so I will stick to that.

    “After that she will have a long spell. She is still very much learning too, so hopeful she can come back better next season.”

    Co-owned by Vassallo’s brother, Sam, I Am Pegasus’ tally sits on seven wins and a second from 10 starts for earnings of $83,070.

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