Quiet cam­paign for La Diosa

The Southland Times - - RACING - NZ Rac­ing Desk

Lead­ing south­ern filly La Diosa will be spar­ingly raced when she re­turns to com­pe­ti­tion in the new term.

The Group I New Zealand 1000 Guineas win­ner has be­gun her build-up to­ward a 4-year-old cam­paign af­ter a break fol­low­ing mixed re­sults from her Syd­ney cam­paign.

‘‘She’s been back for three weeks and she’s tick­ing over nicely,’’ said Matt Brown, who trains the daugh­ter of So You Think with his wife Mandy.

‘‘We’re not mak­ing any great plans and she’ll prob­a­bly have a quiet year and we’ll see how she comes up with maybe a cou­ple of starts at the Ric­car­ton car­ni­val.’’

Op­tions there in­clude the Cou­p­land’s Bak­eries Mile or the Valachi Downs Can­ter­bury Breed­ers’ Stakes.

A win­ner at two, La Diosa blos­somed as a spring 3-year-old to col­lect Listed vic­to­ries in the Can­ter­bury Belle Stakes and the Barneswood Farm Stakes be­fore she was too good for Bella Gioia in the 1000 Guineas.

She crossed the Tas­man ear­lier this year and made an in­stant im­pact when she beat the Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword in the Group II Sur­round stakes in her Aus­tralian de­but.

Un­for­tu­nately, that was the only high point of the trip as she failed in sub­se­quent starts on heav­ily rain-af­fected ground in the Cool­more, the Vin­ery Stud Stakes and in the ATC Oaks.

‘‘We know she doesn’t like wet tracks, but she han­dled the first one be­cause it was loose,’’ Brown said.

‘‘We prob­a­bly should have pulled the pin a bit ear­lier. She went hor­ri­bly in the Oaks and strug­gled to get the 2400 me­tres.

‘‘She was pretty tired af­ter that and she had a good break.

‘‘She had two months in the pad­dock and she looks a lot stronger, she’s pretty happy in her­self.’’

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Jockey Racha Cuneen rid­ing La Diosa cel­e­brates win­ning the Group I 1000 Guineas at Ric­car­ton.

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