Casta Diva, the uniquely coloured, striking white daughter of champion sire High Chaparral and Zabeel broodmare The Opera House, registered her first racetrack success in Japan last Saturday.
Racing against older competitors over the extended distance of 2600m at Hakodate, Casta Diva, a 2YO by Southern hemisphere time, was backing up from an unlucky run over 1800m the previous week when unable to gain clear galloping room.
This time the promising filly raced in a forward position before launching a winning move with just over 600m of the race to travel.
Never looking in danger of defeat, Casta Diva galloped strongly to the line, to register a comprehensive ¾ length winning margin, at just her fourth race day appearance.
Click on the following video to watch Casta Diva win:
Casta Diva was bred by Windsor Park Stud and was sold for $450,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2016 Premier Sale session at Karaka to the Dearest Club from Japan.
Her winning dam The Opera House, is a three-quarter sister to the Windsor Park-bred, two-time Australian Horse of the Year and World Champion Stayer, Might And Power (Zabeel).
Earlier this year The Opera House’s white colt by Gr.1 Newmarket winner Shamexpress (O’Reilly) was sold to the China Horse Club and Ciaron Maher Bloodstock for $510,000.
The Opera House has a rising yearling filly by Invincible Spirit’s highest earning son, triple Gr.1 winner, Charm Spirit and is in foal to back to back Horse Of The Year Mongolian Khan, the only horse ever to win the Australian & New Zealand Derbies and Caulfield Cup.