A third in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes at Ellerslie last Saturday cements Campari’s (O’Reilly x Lillet) value as a broodmare as she pushes forward to the $300,000 Group 1 One Thousand Guineas on the 18th of November at Riccarton.
Trainer Stephen Marsh is rapt. “It was a very good performance in a strong field to gain black type and she has not peaked yet. It was even more impressive because it was her first time on a right handed track and she wasn’t entirely comfortable. She goes back to left-handed at Riccarton which she seems to prefer at this stage.”
On the slow 9 track she jumped well and trailed on a good speed. She looked for room entering the straight and after getting outside the leader raced a little flat. She lost a number of lengths on the eventual winner at this point and looked as if she was going to run out of the money. However once Sam Collett pulled the whip she really got going and hit the line hard to take a number of lengths of the winner and was only half a length off her on the line.
“It was a super last 100 metres and gives us and jockey Sam Collett confidence she will see out a mile. She is out of a Zabeel mare so that will help her get the distance.” says Racing Manager Albert Bosma.
Her Soliloquy Stakes performance sees her jump up the order of entry for the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas and she is also now third favourite at $10.
Says Albert, “We are excited about her as a genuine contender for the Group 1.”