Go Racing lines up three contenders in the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks on 17 March worth $400,000.
Racing Manager Albert Bosma is chuffed. “To have three out of the nine fillies that we have from the 2016 Karaka sale lining up is outstanding. We are pretty proud of that strike rate.”
Pins filly Mark Two ran second in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic on the 10th of February and will go straight to the Oaks.
Trainer Stephen Marsh is rapt with his protégé. “She’s a high quality stayer to get to the Oaks with only three race days starts in her first preparation. She’s fighting fit, I’m happy with where she is at - she simply doesn’t need another run.”
Hasahalo, emphatic winner of the Group 1 1000 Guineas in November, is also a contender as she chases Filly of the Year honours. Trainer Stephen McKee has set her for the Group 3 Lowland Stakes on the 1st of March over 2100 metres as part of her build up.
“She is very bright and well. If anything we are just trying to keep a lid on her till the Lowland Stakes. It will be her first time racing over that distance but we are quietly confident. A good track is the key for her and we do think she prefers racing left-handed.”
Last but not least, from Andrew Carston’s Christchurch operation, Major Ish Choux will round out the Go Racing runners.
“She was an unlucky and fast finishing fifth in the Southland Guineas on Saturday. She just got shuffled back at the wrong time and could easily have been closer. She will race at Riccarton on the 8th of March over 2000 metres as her lead in to the Oaks,” says Andrew.
Go Racing has developed something of a reputation for good fillies.
“Should one of these girls win the Oaks it will mean a clean sweep of the Group 1 races for three year old fillies this season. That would be something to be very proud of.” says Albert.