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Another exciting Guineas bound filly for Rip Van Winkle
08 Oct 2015 | By The Informant

On a day when on-pace runners have dominated, Capella’s enormous finish to win the NZB Insurance Pearl Series F & M event at Taupo this afternoon has thrust her into contention for next month’s 1000 Guineas. 

Having her second career start, the Rip Van Winkle filly raced back in the field for rider Opie Bosson before being angled to the outside and unleashing a devastating finishing sprint to reel in Volks Lightning and record a superb victory. 

Today’s win was a giant step forward from Capella’s fast-finishing fourth on debut.

“Absolutely thrilled with that,” Matamata trainer Danica Guy said. “She would have learned so much today. She got back in the field, settled nicely and then finished it off really well to win the race. 

“We’ll see how she pulls up before confirming any future plans, but we might look at the Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie in preparation for taking her to Christchurch for the 1000 Guineas. She’s thriving, she’s still on the way up, so I think we’ll aim that way. Once she gets up to a mile and even further, I think she’s going to be a very impressive filly.” 

Rated a $26 chance for the 1000 Guineas before today, Capella has tightened to $12 on the TAB’s fixed-odds market for the $300,000 classic on November 14. 

Capella has made a big impression on Bosson, who is keen to continue his association with the filly despite his numerous Australian commitments this spring.

“She raced a lot better today than she did on debut, she’s learning a lot,” he said. “Onwards and upwards from here. She’s got a lot of class. Once she balances up and accelerates, she’s got huge strides and such a turn of foot.” 

Bred and owned by Gary Harding, Capella is out of the Grosvenor mare Limerick. Herself a winner of the Gr. 3 Manawatu Classic and the Listed Wairarapa Breeders’ Stakes, Limerick has produced six winners including Waikato Cup placegetter Wisecrack and five-race winners Quest and Gallant.

Rip Van Winkle has another very promising filly named Let Her Rip,  who swept to 1000 Guineas equal favouritism with a stunning last-to-first win against a highly rated field of three-year-olds at Te Rapa last Friday.

Ridden by Lisa Allpress for Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie, Let Her Rip sat in last place for most of the Hinuera Lodge 3YO before moving to the extreme outside and unleashing an enormous finish to win running away.