Opie Bosson has added the talented filly Capella to his book of Group One rides at the Sydney autumn carnival.
Bosson’s carnival gets serious next weekend, when his engagements include the Cambridge stablemates Mongolian Khan and Turn Me Loose in the Ranvet and George Ryder Stakes, while during the week he secured the mount on local galloper French Fern, the winner of her last two starts, in the A$3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes.
Capella’s campaign opener will be the Gr. 1 Vinery Stakes at Rosehill on March 26, when she is likely to meet fellow Kiwi filly Valley Girl.
The Danica Guy-trained Capella made a big impression on Bosson at the start of the season, when he won races at Taupo and Matamata on the Rip Van Winkle filly. Mark Du Plessis was in the saddle when she won the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic and also third in the Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic, while Leith Innes was on board when she hit the line hard for fourth in last Saturday’s New Zealand Derby.
The decision for Capella to campaign in Sydney rather than run in next Saturday’s Wellfield New Zealand Oaks was confirmed only after Racing New South Wales officials cleared her entry for her major goal, the A$1 million ATC Oaks.
It transpired that Guy missed the Tuesday noon first acceptance deadline for the Oaks by several hours, but following discussions between Racing NSW and Australian Turf Club officials who invoked Rules 61 and 62, the A$22,000 late entry fee was waived and Capella was reinstated in the list of first acceptors.