High Chaparral was the busiest sire in Australia last spring, the son of Sadler’s Wells represented by a new stakes-winner on the weekend when Lady Chaparral (5m High Chaparral x Images, by Gleam Machine) scored a shock win in the Group III Tauranga Stakes in New Zealand.
The Chris Wood trained mare produced a career best performance to defeat multiple Group I winner and raging hot favourite Mufhasa by the best part of two lengths in the 1600 metre contest, surprising the majority of punters and her trainer.
Wood conceded that he shared everyone else’s surprise at the result, but when he legged winning rider Danielle Johnson up had told her that her only chance of beating Mufhasa was to sit back and hold her mount up for a final sprint.
She followed instructions and while Mufhasa opened up a big lead a long way out from home, he was left vulnerable at the finish and Lady Chaparral swooped as planned.
“I left it up to Danielle in the end, but she did her job well,” Wood said. “It’s a bonus to get a win like that but we’ll take it. She’s a smart mare and this won’t be her last big win.”
Retained to race by her breeders John and Shirley Goodman, Lady Chaparral has won four races and placed eight times from 28 starts and is the 32nd stakes-winner for her sire High Chaparral.
She is a half-sister to Group I New Zealand Oaks winner Bramble Rose from the Gleam Machine mare Images, a half-sister to Group I winner The Filbert.