An impressive win at Rotorua on May 12, was the perfect segue for the talented 4YO O’Reilly mare Campari who will now be set for the $50,000 Listed Tauranga Classic (1400m) for fillies and mares under weight for age conditions on June 22.
“She needed the fresh up run at Counties in April [where she ran fifth] and it tidied her up nicely for Rotorua.” trainer Stephen Marsh said. “Her effort was impressive as she jumped from a very wide draw, but Leith Innes rode her superbly to get her handy and keep her in a good rhythm.”
The Go Racing team knew they had a talented mare on their hands and her recent Australian campaign bore that out.
Campari had two wins in Sydney in late last year, with her win on Melbourne Cup Day at Royal Randwick a highlight. Under a well-judged ride by Jason Collett who rode her right off the speed and then burst home on the rail for an impressive and, in the end, easy win.
“She broke a class record at Randwick that day – 1.21.33 seconds over 1400 metres. To do that in Sydney, you have to be good,” Go Racing racing manager Albert Bosma said.
“Not only has she proved herself but also franked our approach of bringing her to Australia while at a low point in the ratings. It paid dividends for her owners – she earned almost $50,000 for those two starts alone and it gave her city form in Australia, which will be important to her value when she retires as a broodmare.
“The syndicate is called Go Racing Gullivers Syndicate which rings true – this filly can travel!”
Campari will have a lead-up to the Tauranga Classic this Saturday when she races at Ellerslie in the Rating 82 (1400m) worth $30,000 with Craig Grylls in the saddle. Post this she may have one more lead up, or possibly trial if the management team feels she doesn’t need another race before her Listed assignment.