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Capella to relish conditions and distance in Hastings return
14 Sep 2016

Matamata trainer Danica Guy hopes an extra 200 metres and the prospect of better track conditions will make Capella a force to be reckoned with in Saturday’s Gr. 1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings.

The daughter of Rip Van Winkle, a Group Two winner of the Eight Carat Classic over 1600 metres last season, finished ninth first-up in the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes on August 27. Slowly away from the inside gate, she battled down the straight to finish ninth and 3.8 lengths from the winner Kawi.

“She didn’t end up too far away,” Guy told today. “It was a bit short of her trip and the track was a bit dead for her, but we were happy enough with how she went.

“Everything’s been very good with her since then. She’s been working well and we’re very happy with her.”

The Makfi was run on a Slow7 surface, and Guy is encouraged by the Dead5 reading at Hastings this morning and the mostly fine weather outlook.

“A drier track will be a big thing, I think,” she said. “She’s such a long-striding filly, I don’t think she lets down so well in the wetter ground. A track that she can bounce off the top of is much better. We’re looking forward to getting her out to the longer distance of 1600, and hopefully better track conditions, and she’ll come into her own.”

Makfi winner Kawi is the $1.90 favourite to win again in the Windsor Park Plate, with Capella rated an $8 chance of turning the tables. She is the third favourite, with the pair split by $7 chance Rasa Lila.

Notable defections in this morning's nominations include Stolen Dance, who is reportedly being saved for summer features, and Hasselhoof who is nominated for Sunday’s Listed Karaka Classic at Pukekohe.

Richard Edmunds

The Informant