Do Ra Mi set to reboot her career

At the same time that Pins filly Shopaholic added another feature win to Waikato Stud’s imposing Australian tally in Saturday’s Gr. 3 The Vanity at Flemington, a returnee under the same model was gearing up for a comeback on the local racing scene.

Do Ra Mi, the winner of the Gr. 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington back in March but disappointing in her spring campaign for Peter Moody, will be out to reboot her career in Saturday’s open sprint at Matamata.

The four-year-old daughter of Savabeel returned to training with newly licensed former jockey Kate Hercock, who returned from Macau late last year to manage Waikato Stud’s Courtza Park operation, and in her first public appearance won a 1000-metre trial at Ellerslie on February 7.

Having come through that experience in good order, she’s now set to line up this weekend in the open 1200-metre race on the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes card. With three wins from 13 starts and stakes just over $500,000, a rating of 100 makes Do Ra Mi the country’s sixth equal highest rated racemare.

“She had a disappointing spring and we brought her home with the intention of mating her,” said Waikato Stud principal Garry Chittick. “But when we looked at the form around her, which included Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, we thought we might be jumping the gun, so we put a saddle back on her and here we are.

“Sam Spratt rode her in the trial and gave us a good report. The race on Saturday will tell us more and while we don’t really think she can win, what she does will give us a line on what comes next.

“If we’re really happy with her we could push her back to Australia and if she went well over there we could even consider bringing her back for a race like the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.”

Story courtesy of Dennis Ryan, THE INFORMANT

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