Biggest test for Preetha Varma

Preetha Varma finishing strongly through the centre to win at Tauranga. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Preetha Varma finishing strongly through the centre to win at Tauranga. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

The connections of Cambridge filly Preetha Varma are hoping for another clinical performance at Ellerslie today.

Her black type credentials will be tested when she steps out against her own age group in the Rentokil Initial 1300m with a view to a return to Ellerslie later this month for a Group Two assignment.

“We are throwing her in the deep end a bit, but she’s definitely got the ability,” said trainer Mark Forbes. “All going well, we will be able to push on to the Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day.”

Preetha Varma is part-owned by her co-breeder Les Booth, who appreciatively named the filly after his doctor following treatment to overcome arthritic complaints.

The three-year-old daughter of Keeper finished fifth in her first appearance on a heavy track at Te Aroha in the spring and on firmer going at Tauranga in October she broke her maiden.

A grand-daughter of the Gr. 1 Auckland Cup winner Sea Swift, Preetha Varma is expected to run true to her pedigree and improve over more ground.

“She will be better once she gets up to a mile and 2000 metres,” said Forbes.

Among her opposition today is Sofia Rosa, who makes a fresh start after a two-start Sydney spring campaign in which she performed creditably to finish sixth in the Gr. 2 Tea Rose Stakes and seventh in the Gr. 1 Flight Stakes.

Like Preetha Varma, she is heading toward the Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic.

– NZ Racing Desk.