Hawke’s Bay tops trainer Danica Guy’s spring wish list for her quality performer Capella (Rip Van Winkle).
The Matamata trainer intends to tackle all three legs – the Makfi Challenge Stakes on August 27, the Windsor Park Plate on September 17 and the Livamol Classic on October 1 – with the rising four-year-old.
“She’s coming along nicely and she will have her first proper run along on Tuesday morning,” Guy said.
“We’ll look at the trials at Te Teko on August 2 and then carry on to Hastings, hopefully she will have enough points to run in all three and her best opportunity will be on the last day over 2000 metres.”
Capella met and matched the best of her age group during her initial preparation and won the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic at her fifth appearance.
The Gary Harding-bred and owned daughter of Rip Van Winkle then ran third in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and was a fast-finishing fourth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.
That Ellerslie performance sealed a trip to Sydney where she was close up when fifth and seventh respectively in the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes and the Gr.1 ATC Oaks.
Guy said Capella had made a good recovery after she took ill, along with fellow New Zealand fillies Sofia Rosa and Valley Girl, before her return flight home.
They suffered burns and showed signs of colic following an incorrect dosage of a pre-fight insect spray treatment.
“She’s fine now and she’s really furnished. She’s a different type of filly – she’s filled out and looks really well.”
Three-year-old Capella has been a headline act for champion miler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) whose first crop also includes Gr.3 West Australian Oaks winner First Impressions, Gr.3 2YO Classic winner Magic Dancer as well as exciting gallopers Let Me Roar ( 4 wins from 4 starts) and Team Hawkes-trained filly Euro Angel.
Rip Van Winkle’s second crop includes the Chris Waller-trained 2YO Awoke, unbeaten in two starts including at Rosehill in Sydney recently.
Rip Van Winkle stands at Windsor Park Stud where his 2016 service fee has been set at $12,500 + GST.