Black Type Target for Clara Jane

Roger James believes his in-form five-year-old Clara Jane is capable of making her mark at stakes level this preparation. “She’s a mare that’s probably under-rated and she’s been slow to mature,” the Cambridge trainer said. “She’s also lined up on a few tracks that haven’t been fast enough for her. “She’s better when she can get her toe on top of the ground and a race like the (Listed) Matamata Cup might be the ideal sort of trace for her.”

Clara Jane won for the fourth time in her career on Saturday when she gave a tidy performance to beat the Rating 85 milers at Te Rapa. The daughter of Istidaad was given a good ride by Mark Du Plessis near the pace and they were too good in the run home.

James’ stable star Silent Achiever will trial at Taupo on Wednesday to further her upcoming Australian preparation. “It’s a good call from the powers that be to put the trials on,” he said. “She’s still a bit soft, but I am happy where she is.”

Meanwhile, Tony Devcich produced Sing For The Sun to again rock punters at 20-1 when the One Cool Cat gelding claimed the Rating 65 mile. It was the horse’s first win since he broke his maiden in a special conditions race at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, 2012, when he was a 66-1 chance.

Meanwhile, Gary Alton is confident the best is yet to come from the well-related Choysa following his breakthrough victory. “He’s going to be a really nice horse over ground,” he said. “He’s still a bit green and a late developer.” By Zabeel out of a half-sister to the Group One winner Devil Moon, Choysa is owned by breeders Paul and Cushla Smithies, who race last season’s champion three-year-old Puccini.