Should Capella defy her eight to one odds and win
Saturday's Group I Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings, Matamata trainer
Danica Guy believes the daughter of rip Van Winkle (IRE) would be a "great
chance" of winning the next two legs and becoming Hastings' first Triple
No horse has ever won all three legs of the Hawke's
Bay weight-for-age spring treble of the Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m), Gr.1
Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m), though several
star gallopers have come close, among them Starcraft, Seachange, Jimmy Choux,
The Message and Xcellent.
"The fields are pretty strong this year.
But if she was able to win the Makfi tomorrow, she'd have be a good chance of
winning the other legs," Guy said.
The Gary Harding-bred and raced Capella has won
three of her nine starts, claiming last season's Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic
(1600m) at Ellerslie before finishing third in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies
Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa and fourth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at
She trialled in splendid fashion at Te Teko
earlier this month and topped off her preparation for the Hastings spring
carnival with a rousing exhibition gallop at Te Rapa on Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate
"It was a lovely trial and just what I
wanted to see," Guy said.
"And she galloped well in the exhibition
gallop at Te Rapa the other day too. She actually ran a faster last 600m than
the Foxbridge Plate and that was under a hold on an off track that she doesn't
"She pulled up blowing a bit too. She never
blows but it shows how much she didn't like the ground. She's very well. I'm
very happy with her."
Guy's comments on Capella's dislike of
rain-affected tracks must serve as a warning for punters, but she was
optimistic that there would be some drying in the last 24 hours before race
time and the track would come back from the slow eight reading on Friday
"The draw [barrier one] is going to be the
biggest problem for her. A wider draw would have kept her out of trouble but it
is what it is," said Guy, who has engaged Danielle Johnson to partner
"If she'd drawn a wider gate, I'd have been
confident she could have won, even at 1400m, the way she's working. But there
should be a torrent of speed in it and it will all depend on how things pan
out. She's in the right condition to win if things go her way."