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Capella takes Eight Carat for Rip Van Winkle
27 Dec 2015 | By NZ Racing Desk

Danica Guy’s thoughts turned to Australia after Capella had passed her sternest test with flying colours at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

The Matamata trainer’s dream trip with her Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic winner would be an autumn one to Sydney.

“I would love to have a go at the ATC Oaks with her,” Guy said. “It’s so pleasing to see her step up to this grade and win so well.

“She’s still a bit green, but I am really proud of her. She’s a very good filly.”

In the shorter-term, Guy will give some thought to an Ellerslie return on New Year’s Day for the Gr.2 Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes.

“I’ll get her home and see how she does and there are plenty of options ahead,” Guy said.

Capella settled one off the fence and toward the back of the field and she rounded off strongly down the outside to account for Ruud Not Too and Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman).

“She ran out a bit, but we always had the race won,” rider Mark Du Plessis said. “She’s a very talented filly with a good sprint.”

Although Du Plessis was having his first ride on Capella, he is familiar with the colours of breeder-owner Gary Harding for whom he won a Gr.1 Railway Stakes aboard Bounding.

By Rip Van Winkle, Capella is out of the Grosvenor mare Limerick who was a multiple black type winner.

“It’s extra special when you breed them – it’s just fantastic,” Harding said.

Capella’s win earned her eight points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series to move into second on the table, with current leader 1000 Guineas winner Risque (12 points) to do her future racing in Australia. 

The favourite Sofia Rosa clipped heels and fell in the straight, but the filly and rider Vinnie Colgan emerged unscathed.