Filly Gains Deserved Victory

Nobody could begrudge the genuine filly Aaja Nachle the thick end of the stake in the Rating 75 sprint at Te Rapa. The three-year-old showed she was far from one dimensional when she successfully stepped up to 1400 metres on Saturday.

“She certainly deserved that – she always puts in and tries very hard,”

Cambridge trainer Frank Ritchie said. Aaja Nachle had finished runner-up in her four previous 1200 metre outings this preparation. “The distance was a query and Matt (Cameron) thinks she’s better when she gets a trail, but she’s got so much natural pace,” Ritchie said.


The daughter of Fast ‘N’ Famous bounced straight to the front at Te Rapa and held all comers at bay in the run home. “The plan wasn’t really to lead over 1400 metres, but she kicked really nicely and held on well,” Cameron said.

Aaja Nachle, runner-up in last season’s Listed Castletown Stakes, is also from a family that Ritchie knows only too well. “I trained her Mum and she’s very much like her,” he said.  The three-year-old is out of the Famous Star mare Madhuri Dixit, who won six races including the Listed Newmarket Handicap.