Celebrity Miss still a Cup hope

Dana Genefaas is all smiles leading Celebrity Miss as Lee Somervell and Trudy Thornton show their delight in winning the 2015 Listed Jakkalberry Classic . (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Dana Genefaas is all smiles leading Celebrity Miss as Lee Somervell and Trudy Thornton show their delight in winning the 2015 Listed Jakkalberry Classic . (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

In-foal Celebrity Miss is still a chance to get to the Gr.3 $100,000 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup next Saturday.

Trainer Lee Somervell had hoped to use the Wanganui Cup last weekend as a dress rehearsal for the Te Rapa 2400-metre feature, but that plan was dashed when the meeting was abandoned after just one race.

“If she had gone well in the Wanganui Cup I would have been tempted to run her in the Waikato Cup,” said Somervell. “But with the Wanganui meeting abandoned we’ve had to look at other options.

“The only option is to drop her back to a Rating 85 at Ellerslie (today) and, though it means she will carry more weight we’re claiming with Emily Farr on her so she drops two kilos.

“If she goes well it’s quite possible she could still get to the Waikato Cup.”

Celebrity Miss, who is in foal to Shocking, will carry 57.5kg today which is 3.5 kg above the minimum and 2.5kg less than the topweight Guess Who.

A winner of seven races, Celebrity Miss has also been Group One-placed, when third to stablemate Addictive Habit in last year’s Livamol Classic at Hastings.

She followed up that Livamol Classic effort with a win in the Listed Jakkalberry Classic (1950m) at Rotorua last October and, though she hasn’t won since then, she has recorded a few placings, the latest being a fourth two starts ago in the same Rotorua event.