Capella’s Group One hopes will be on the line at Taupo on Wednesday.
The Rip Van Winkle three-year-old needs to win the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race to keep her NZB 1000 Guineas prospects alive.
“We’ve got tentative plans to take her to Christchurch and she’ll be telling us whether we press ahead,” Matamata trainer Danica Guy.
“She’s pretty smart and she is a filly that needs to go over ground and if you get a chance to run in a Group One you have to take it.”
Capella was a trial winner at Te Teko in August under Opie Bosson and he was in the saddle when she was a fast-finishing fourth on debut at the last Taupo meeting.
Bosson’s availability on Wednesday made up Guy’s mind to start in preference to her home meeting on Saturday.
“Opie really likes her and I want to leave him on, he’s keen to stick with her,” she said. “Opie will be in Australia at the weekend and the drawcard at Taupo was that he can ride her.
“I want to get this race out of the way first, but if she did win then I would look at the Soliloquy. She would need another one before Christchurch.”
Among Capella’s opposition is another lightly-tried filly with a Guineas nomination Volks Lightning, who was second to the impressive Swiss Elle at Te Rapa recently.
Firmer track conditions will suit the Lance Noble representative, who will be partnered by the in-form Danielle Johnson.