Sights could be lifted with It’s Bianca

It’s Bianca took a step towards possibly being a late entry for the Gr. 1 $300,000 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton when recording a sound debut win at Taupo today.

The Cambridge-trained sister to stakeswinner Salamanca maintained her unbeaten record when following up two trials victories with a half-length win in the Harcourts Taupo Cup Day 30th December Maiden (1200m) in the hands of Sam Collett.

Trainer Anne Herbert has held It’s Bianca, a daughter of the good sprinter Anca, in high regard since stepping her up in work and was pleased to see her deliver on that promise.

“She’s shown a lot and we’ll just let her get through this race before deciding where to go next with her,” said Herbert. “She doesn’t hold a nomination for the One Thousand Guineas (next month) but if she goes well we could put in a late one.”

It’s Bianca bounced well from her handy draw to lead in today’s race and kicked strongly over the final stages to hold out another first-starter, the Roger James-trained Tavy, who finished strongly between runners for her placing. Tavy is an entry for the 1000 Guineas and gives the impression she will appreciate a step up from today’s 1200 metres.

Collett has been aboard It’s Bianca in each of her three public appearances and had always been a big fan on the Alamosa filly.

“I ride work for Anne once a week and this is one of the fillies I always ride,” said Collett. “She’s a big, robust filly and has got a beautiful economical action.”

It’s Bianca won her first trial over 850 metres at Te Awamutu on May 13 then after a break she returned to win over 950 metres at the Cambridge trials on September 9. A close third in that latter trial was Sardaaj, the Stephen Marsh-trained filly who was an impressive winner on debut at Ruakaka last week.

“In her first trial she jumped and ran, then in her second trial she got back and was a bit green but when I gave her a slap she finished it off well.

“She learnt a lot in that second trial and she is only going to improve more.”