Stakes target for Ardrossan filly

Renovations may return to black type company next time out after running her rivals ragged at Te Rapa.

The two-year-old daughter of Ardrossan worked her way to the front, and when rider Matthew Cameron asked her for a major effort into the straight, she accelerated quickly to coast home by three and a half lengths at the end of 1100 metres.

Bred by Waikato Stud, Renovations was making her third appearance after a debut second and wasn’t disgraced when she finished sixth in the G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.

The Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes back at Te Rapa on May 4 is now a serious option.

“She’s thriving and is nice and sound, so we’ll definitely be keeping that race in mind,” he said.

“We were expecting a pretty good run today and had worked well with older horses. We didn’t put her in the Matamata Breeders’ for no reason, and it was just that she didn’t quite have the ringcraft for that.”

Raced on lease by the Social Racing High Adrenaline Syndicate and clients of Cole’s stable, Renovations is a half-sister to six-time winner Shoshone with their dam, the Zabeel mare Dee I Why, who is currently in foal to Banquo.

Dee I Why is out of the multiple black-type winner Playful Fingers, and she is a half-sister to the South African Group 3 winner Hancock Park, who in turn produced Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter Park Lane.

Another decorated member of this family is the G1 Orr Stakes winner Manuel.

Ardrossan was credited with a winning double later on the Te Rapa program when Cindee downed a competitive three-year-old line-up over 1200 metres.

Prepared by race sponsor Allan Sharrock, the filly settled off the pace before unwinding powerfully in Craig Grylls’ hands for her third victory from four attempts.

She is raced by a syndicate managed by breeder Nick Bolton and is out of the Pins mare Music, who is from the family of Group 1 winners Final Destination and Irish Fling.

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