Danica Guy is facing a race against the ratings to have dual representation in the opening Group One contest of the new season.
The Matamata trainer has the capable pair of Capella and Galaxy Miss short-listed for the Gr. 1 Tarzino Trophy at Hastings, but work has to be done to get them into the final line-up.
Rising five-year-old Capella has been sparingly raced and is the winner of three of her 12 starts, including the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic last season and she was also fourth in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Derby.
The daughter of Rip Van Winkle has been restricted to four appearances this term and she hasn’t raced since finishing fifth in the Gr. 2 Rich Hill Mile.
“She’s coming up really well and she’s had her first gallop,” Guy said. “I don’t know if she will make it into the first race at Hawke’s Bay on rating points, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“She is a really happy horse though and we’ll probably look for a nice Rating 85 race somewhere for her first-up.”
Capella currently sits on a rating of 84 with Galaxy Miss four points better.
“I gave her a couple of weeks off after her last run,” Guy said. “She’s back in work now and I may run her in an open 1200 at Te Rapa.
“We’ll see if she can get to the Foxbridge Plate and Hawke’s Bay. We would love to pinch some black type with her before she goes off to stud.”
Galaxy Miss has won six races and ran fourth at her last appearance in the Listed Tauranga Classic, her first outing at stakes level.