Long term goals for Repulse Bay

A decisive win at Te Aroha today wasn’t enough to earn Cambridge filly Repulse Bay a tilt at a top two-year-old event this campaign.

Despite the Group I Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes coming up at Ellerslie in a fortnight and the Group I Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni later, trainer Shaune Ritchie is sticking to his original game plan with Repulse Bay.

“She’s not a big, heavy filly and I’d like to chase some nice stakemoney away from the black type races with her this campaign,” said Ritchie. “She’s got a ton of pace and I’d rather target the early Guineas races next season with her. I’ll probably only give her a run or two more this time in.”

Repulse Bay was a trials winner on her home track last December before finishing third at Ruakaka on debut behind Her Choice, who is among the runners in the Group II J. Swap Matamata Breeders’ Stakes at Matamata on Saturday.

The daughter of Darci Brahma was ridden by Jason Waddell in those first two assignments, but Jason Jago took the reins today and rated the filly well. He always had her travelling nicely outside the leader and after taking control early in the run home he just gave her a tap or two on the shoulder and the race was over.

Repulse Bay cleared out to score by two lengths from another Cambridge filly, My Barbarella, who did well after racing greenly.
Repulse Bay is raced by Hong Kong owner Ronald Yang and is from the useful racemare Elbaz Belle.

“Ronald usually buys colts, but he wanted a filly to have some fun with,” said Ritchie. “He looks like having a lot of fun with her.”