Trainer Moira Murdoch accepts that the drawback of Lasarla's (Rip Van Winkle) upset win
in last month's Gr. 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes is that she has an
inexperienced galloper quickly thrust into the top grades.
Waiuku trainer also believes that Lasarla's weight-for-age fillies and mares'
feature win won't be her last in good company and she's giving the
four-year-old Rip Van Winkle mare her chance in Saturday's Listed J Swap
Contractors 1400 at Te Rapa.
really trained on well since her win and we're very pleased with her,"
said Murdoch, who trains in partnership with her daughter Kieran.
a bit of an average draw (barrier 10 in a field of 11) in a strong field, but I
wanted her to have another 1400-metre race in this grade before we stepped her
up in trip.
rating has rocketed up. She’s gone from 65 to open class (she's now rated 88).
We took a gamble by starting her in the Auckland Breeders' and it paid off
because for a mare, getting a black-type win is the best thing you can do, but
now we have to deal with an inexperienced horse in open grade."
will be having just her seventh start on Saturday, having only won a midweek
fillies and mares' maiden at Avondale before her Auckland Thoroughbred
Breeders' Stakes win at Pukekohe.
Saturday's race can provide Lasarla with a springboard towards summer riches at
1600 metres, though the mare doesn't hold a nomination for next month's Gr. 1
Thorndon Mile at Trentham.
1400-metre race suits her and she likes Te Rapa, so we're hoping she can go
well again," Murdoch said.
are plenty of nice miles around for her, though I can't see her going past a
mile. There's the Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie on New Year's Day and we can
assess her run in that and see where we go from there."
Murdochs will chase another Group Two fillies and mares' feature when Promise
To Reign tackles Saturday's Cal Isuzu Stakes from the outside barrier of 12.