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Stakes goal for Euphoria
12 Oct 2017 | By NZ Racing Desk

Lightly-raced mare Euphoria (Rip Van Winkle) is likely to make one more appearance before she heads to Christchurch.

Trainer Rachael Frost has set the Rip Van Winkle four-year-old for the Gr.3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) on the middle day of next month’s New Zealand Cup carnival.

Euphoria opened her campaign with a first-up success at New Plymouth, the third of her six-start career, and an outing at the rescheduled Hawke’s Bay meeting on October 22 is next on her programme.

“She’ll run in a Rating 75 over 1400m and she probably won’t run again before the Breeders’ Stakes,” Frost said.

It will be Euphoria’s second southern sojourn and connections are hoping for a turn-around in their fortunes after the disappointment of last spring.

“She won at Motukarara, but then she suffered a stress fracture to her tibia before the 1000 Guineas,” Frost said.

Following a lengthy recovery period, Euphoria travelled to Brisbane for the Queensland winter carnival only for a virus to force her return home after a sixth placing at Ipswich.

“Hopefully, all her problems are behind her - she’s well above average,” Frost said.