Kiwi Group Two winner for Rip Van Winkle

Promising filly Capella (3f Rip Van Winkle  x Limerick, by Grosvenor) confirmed her potential with an impressive win at Ellerslie on Boxing Day in the Group II Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic over 1600 metres.

Her Matamata based trainer Danica Guy is now dreaming big with a trip to Sydney in the autumn her ultimate aim.

“I would love to have a go at the ATC Oaks with her,” Guy said. “It’s so pleasing to see her step up to this grade and win so well.

“She’s still a bit green, but I am really proud of her. She’s a very good filly.”

In the shorter-term, Guy will give some thought to an Ellerslie return on New Year’s Day for the Group II Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes.

“I’ll get her home and see how she does and there are plenty of options ahead,” Guy said.

Capella settled one off the fence and toward the back of the field and she rounded off strongly down the outside to account for Ruud Not Too and Valley Girl.

“She ran out a bit, but we always had the race won,” rider Mark Du Plessis said. “She’s a very talented filly with a good sprint.”

Although Du Plessis was having his first ride on Capella, he is familiar with the colours of breeder-owner Gary Harding for whom he won a Group I Railway Stakes aboard Bounding.

The second Southern Hemisphere stakes-winner for Galileo’s brilliant Group I winning son Rip Van Winkle, Capella is out of the Group III winning Grosvenor mare Limerick.

“It’s extra special when you breed them – it’s just fantastic,” Harding said.

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