Filly Series Heats Up
Boxing Day's Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m), the half-way mark of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly
of the Year Series, saw Veloce Bella (Volksraad x Wave to Lottie) emerge as an exciting new candidate for the
prestigious title. In front of a huge crowd at Ellerslie, the three-year-old streaked to the lead after a text-book
rails ride by Jim Collett, winning by just under a length from the fast finishing Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago x
In capturing her second Group 2 win the Mark Brosnan trained and Margaret Hardy bred filly has now amassed NZ$162,850 in
prize-money from four wins and two placings in just seven starts.
A Daggers Drawn half-brother to Veloce Bella - herself offered at the 2005 Karaka Select Yearling Sale - will be offered
by JK Farm at the upcoming 2007 Karaka Select Yearling Sale.
After an earlier second placing in the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock One-Thousand Guineas, the Mark Walker-trained
Princess Coup earned an additional four points for Tuesday's effort - propelling herself to second on the Series
Irlanda (O'Reilly x Cenphic), winner of the Group 3 Ezibuy Eulogy Stakes (1600m) last start, was a further
length-and-a-quarter behind in third, bolstering her points tally to eight - third equal with Veloce Bella.
Although unplaced in the Eight Carat, One-Thousand Guineas winner, Dorabella (Postponed x Caserio) remains the Series
leader on 12 points, three ahead of Princess Coup.
Gathering momentum, the next installment in the Series, the $120,000 Group 2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes, is
less than a week away at Ellerslie on New Years Day. Both Veloce Bella and Princess Coup are entered for the race and
should appreciate the step up to 2000 metres.