Duchess Kate (Savabeel x Royal Prize) looks a three-year-olds to follow with confidence after a sterling effort at Ellerslie on Monday.
She successfully took on the older horses to win The New Zealand Herald 1400 and will continue her progress in upcoming age group features.
Duchess Kate holds Group One nominations for the Levin Classic and the Wellfield NZ Oaks, and has now won two of her six starts and three runs back she finished a sound fifth in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes.
“She was a little bit unlucky at her last start as well,” winning rider Michael Coleman said. “She finished off well and I thought she would be a good chance today.
“We got clear about 200 metres out and she finished off well.”
Trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Duchess Kate was well back in the early running but when the field fanned out in the straight she willingly took her chance.
“She’s done a great job,” Te Akau Stables representative Pam Gerard said. “Michael got her to settle and they got the splits.
“Stephen and Jamie have been very patient with this filly.”
Duchess Kate is bred and raced by long time Trelawney client Max Whitby. She completed her early education and development whilst on the farm. In 2013 Trelawney sold her full sister at the NZB Select Sale who has gone on to be Gr.2 winner Saavoya. – NZ Racing Desk.