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Volpe Veloce Heads 7th Leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series

Volpe Veloce Heads Seventh Leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Exciting filly Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) will try to add to her perfect record and strengthen her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when she contests Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

The Graham Richardson-trained runner has won all of her seven starts to date, including the Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m). Those victories earned her 14 points in the Filly of the Year Series, which she leads by two points over La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think).

A last-start winner of the $250,000 Listed NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m), Volpe Veloce will face seven rivals in Saturday’s race. None of them are close enough to Volpe Veloce on the points table to overhaul her if they win, although the Group 3 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) winner Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) has 6 points and could take an equal share of the lead if she wins and Volpe Veloce is unplaced.

Devise (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has 3 points, Grand Soleil (NZ) (Savabeel) has 2 and Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) has 1.

Saturday’s race is worth 8 points to the winner, 4 points for second and 2 points for third.

1Volpe Veloce7Exceptional filly Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) has had seven starts for seven wins. Her last three starts have been impressive victories in the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes, Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and Listed Karaka 3YO Mile.Graham RichardsonJohnathan Parkes
2Nicoletta3Savabeel filly Nicoletta (NZ) has won two of her six starts including a last-start success in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes. She was previously an unlucky fifth in the Group 2 Royal Stakes.Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanMichael Coleman
3Devise4A half-sister to Zurella (NZ) (Zabeel), who won this race in 2012, Devise (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has won two of her five starts. She was fourth in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and a close third in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes.Shaune RitchieJason Waddell
4Galloping Gerte2Align filly Galloping Gerte (NZ) won twice in a row in November and December before running sixth in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic and eighth in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes.Brian McKeaggCameron Lammas
5Bonneval5A full-sister to stakes winner Imposing Lass (NZ) and a half-sister to stakes winners Lady Cumquat (Duke Of Marmalade) and Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur), Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) has won one of her four starts and ran third in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes.Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanMatt Cameron
6Rockabyebaby6Rockabyebaby (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) was an impressive winner two starts back, then finished a close fifth behind exciting three-year-old and New Zealand Derby contender Camino Rocoso (NZ) (Shocking).Donna Logan & Chris GibbsDanielle Johnson
7Grand Soleil8Savabeel filly Grand Soleil (NZ) is still a maiden, but she has been placed in three of her five starts including the Group 2 Royal Stakes over this distance.Tony PikeMichael McNab
8Gangsters Lass1Gangsters Lass (NZ) (Guillotine) has won one of her 11 starts and has the advantage of the inside barrier draw.John RevellTrudy Thornton

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