The Hawke’s Bay spring carnival tops Danica Guy’s wish list for her quality performer Capella.
The Matamata trainer intends tackling all
three legs – the Makfi Challenge Stakes on August 27, the Windsor Park
Plate on September 17 and the Livamol Classic on October 1 – with the
“She’s coming along nicely and she will
have her first proper run along on Tuesday morning,” Guy said. “We’ll
look at the trials at Te Teko on August 2 and then carry on to Hastings.
“Hopefully she will have enough points to run in all three and her best opportunity will be on the last day over 2000 metres.”
Capella met and matched the best of her
age group during her three-year-old campaign and won the Eight Carat
Classic at her fifth appearance.
The Gary Harding-bred and owned daughter
of Rip Van Winkle then ran third in the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic
and was a fast-finishing fourth in the New Zealand Derby.
That Ellerslie performance sealed a trip
to Sydney where she was close up when fifth and seventh respectively in
the Vinery Stud Stakes and the Australian Oaks.
Guy said Capella had made a good recovery
after she took ill following a pre-flight spray procedure, along with
fellow New Zealand fillies Sofia Rosa and Valley Girl, before her return
They suffered burns and showed signs of colic following an incorrect dosage of an insect spray treatment.
“She’s fine now and she’s really furnished. She’s a differently type of filly – she’s filled out and looks really well.”
Meanwhile, the well-performed sprinter Tomorrowland is back in Guy’s care after a period with Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
“He won’t be racing for a while. He’s got foot issues and he’s not the easiest horse to manage,” she said.
NZ Racing Desk