Sent to Melbourne after a two length debut victory over Peggy Jean on the Kensignton track at Randwick, (with that filly going on to win the Restricted Listed Inglis Classic race at her next start), More Than Ready filly Nayeli was produced second up in the Group Three Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield over 1100m.
Ridden close to the speed by jockey Vlad Duric, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Nayeli passed Bugatty in the straight and went on to record a super impressive two-and-a-half length victory, catapulting the filly onto the third line of betting for the upcoming Group One Blue Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield.
Duric said he has no doubts that the filly will run out a strong 1200 metres and will derive further benefit from today’s race.
He said what he most admires about Nayeli is she “puts herself out of trouble and does everything right.”
“She ticks every box this filly,” Duric said.
“She jumped better today, musters great speed and puts herself in a spot and when you ask her to switch off she comes back nicely.
“She conserves her energy and when you push her button she has a great turn of foot and she is strong.
“She is no oil painting to look at, but she has a fair bit of strength about her. She ticks all the boxes and is definitely in the Blue Diamond mix.
“She is pretty good. When she got to the front she drew away from them. I don’t think she has to improve a lot.”
Sold at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to Gai Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock from the draft of Corumbene Stud, the filly (pictured below as a yearling) races in the silks of Greg and Donna Kolivos, the colours made famous by Champion Lonhro colt Pierro.
Out of the stakes placed Danehill mare Wasimah, herself a sister to the dual Listed winner Princesa (dam of the Group Two winner Star of Giselle as well as the Group One placed Solicit and the Listed placed Ducal Castle), and a three-quarter-sister to the Group Three-winning, Group One placed Kaphero, Wasimah is the dam of four to the races for three winners including the Group Three placed Brightest, also bred and raced by Corumbene Stud.
Nayeli is full-sister to three-year-old filly Watabout, who ran a very good third later in the day at Rosehill for Corumbene Stud, taking her record to three wins and three placed efforts from eight starts.
Having bred two winners of the Group One Golden Slipper in recent years with More Than Ready colt Sebring and last year with Exceed And Excel filly Overreach, Nayeli’s claim for the Group One Blue Diamond could further enhance Corumbene Stud’s reputation as the producer of outstanding juveniles.
Footage of the win of Nayeli can be viewed by clicking here.
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