Guru Girl on black-type path at Matamata

In-form Cambridge mare Guru Girl will get an opportunity to increase her value further with a black-type start at Matamata on Saturday week.

The six-year-old daughter of Ishiguru  has found her niche over ground and will be chasing a hat trick of wins when she contests the Listed $50,000 Marks Ewen & Associates Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes meeting.

Guru Girl took her record to four wins when she followed up a Rating 75 2000-metre win at Matamata on January 17 with a good effort to score in the Farman Turkington Forestry Wairarapa Cup (2050m) at Tauherenikau last Thursday. She has also won over ground (2100m) at Te Rapa last November.

“Early on 1400 metres seemed to be her go and we did stretch her out as a three-year-old when she ran fourth in the Eight Carat (Classic, 1600m) at Ellerslie,” said trainer Craig Thornton.

“Now 2000 metres seems to be her trip and the Listed race at Matamata looks a good one to have a crack at black-type. She will get in light.

“I’ve always had plenty of time for her and she’s kept improving as she has matured. She’s out of a Yamanin Vital mare.”

Guru Girl was fourth on debut as a late two-year-old and her next start, two months later, was in the Listed Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.

The result was a seventh and she won her next start, over 1200 metres at Matamata, and was placed again before her fourth to Smoulder in the 2010 Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic. Her only other black-type start was five days later when she backed up in the Gr. 2 NZ Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m) and finished third-last.