Lady Kipling ready to boost value of progeny

Lady Kipling seems certain to add to the value of her off-spring judging by her brilliant first-up win at Tauranga today.

Trained at Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Lady Kipling was having her first start since last February and with the benefit of just one trial, she lumped 60kg to a decisive win in the Tauranga Hardware & Plumbing Centennial 1300.

It was a quinella for the Cambridge centre with Gr. 1 Sistema Railway Stakes winner Fleur de Lune, the pacemaker, fighting on for second, three-quarters of a length behind Lady Kipling.

Within a few days Lady Kipling’s owners will be able to celebrate any highlight with the Savabeel six-year-old as she has been covered by Windsor Park Stud sire Rip Van Winkle, the second-highest-rated son (behind Frankel) of Galileo.

“She has been served by Rip Van Winkle and will be scanned in the next couple of days,” said Forsman. “The plan is to try and win a Group One race with her.”

Sucjh was the impressiveness of Lady Kipling’s win today, she should have a huge chance to break through for a Group One win before retirement.

Rider Opie Bosson settled Lady Kipling last as Fleur de Lune , as expected, took up the running with Antonio Lombardo on her outer and Ten Belles in the trail.

“I had to go back from the draw and she hit a flat spot across the top, but when I hooked her out in the straight she took off,” said Bosson. “She looked good in the birdcage, but I didn’t know what to expect first-up. She seems better than ever.

“She’s ready for 1400 metres next time and should be up to winning a Group One.”

The win was the 10th from 31 starts for Lady Kipling and though she has twice been a Group Two winner, Group One success has eluded her so far.  She has been placed at the top level on seven occasions, including seconds in the Thorndon Mile, Captain Cook Stakes and Haunui Farm Group One WFA and a third in the 2010 Levin Classic.

Her immediate Group One mission will be the $200,000 Rydges Captain Cook Stakes (wfa 1600m) at Trentham on December 7. Last year she was second equal with Mufhasa behind Final Touch in the event.

Between times Lady Kipling is likely to attempt to defend her crown in the Gr.  2 NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Pukekohe on November 23.

Last year she defeated Miss Pelear in the Counties event before the Captain Cook placing started a run of four Group One assignments, which resulted in a fourth in the Zabeel Classic and a close second to Historian in the Thorndon Mile.