Go Racing’s early season fillies will be turning heads when they resume for spring racing.
Our little champion Hasahalo, already a Group 3 winner, will be panning for gold again in the $70,000 Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes over 1200 metres at Hastings on 23 September.
She will kick off the campaign with a trial early next month. From there she will race fresh up which is of no concern to seasoned trainer Stephen McKee. “We know she goes well fresh and she is just thriving on her fast work.”
Hasahalo’s ultimate aim this campaign is the Group 1 1000 Guineas over a mile at Riccarton in November. She will have an additional two races in between the Gold Trail Stakes and the Guineas which are still to be confirmed.
Says Stephen, “We are very excited about her three-year-old season. She is by Savabeel who has just been crowned New Zealand’s Champion sire for the third time.”
Campari (3f O’Reilly x Lillet) is another of Go Racing’s gorgeous girls on the rise with the Marsh Racing stable.
“She was a very impressive winner of both her trials and has only had one race day start for third on an unsuitable very heavy track. She is flying well under the radar but we have a big opinion of her.”
Campari is also being aimed at the 1000 Guineas but as a maidener her campaign to get there is still a work in progress. “She could go to the Gold Trail Stakes or we might find a nice three-year-old maiden field for her. We will work that out after she trials which are likely to be at Cambridge on the 7th of September.
“She is another well-bred filly from deceased champion sire O’Reilly. They aren’t making them any more so black type would make her extremely valuable,” says Racing Manager Albert Bosma.
Sophie’s Choice is also trained by Stephen Marsh and was unlucky in the Karaka Million as a two-year-old and then struck an unsuitable wet track coming fourth in the Group 3 Phoenix Park Classic. She’s by Darci Brahma with whom Go Racing has enjoyed great success with the likes of Mighty Solomon and No More Tears. She is coming up very well and will race fresh up at Taupo next week. After that she will be aimed at a black type race at either Hastings or the $50,000 Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes on the 23rd of September at Riccarton over 1200 metres.
“Track conditions will be really important for all these fillies as they prefer good ground. We are excited about kicking off spring racing,” says Albert.