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 www.theinformant.co.nz
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
“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.