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Classic Plan Behind So You Think's Guineas Winner

A confident long range plan laid the foundation for the filly that gave former champion So You Think his first Group One winner as a sire at Riccarton on November 12.

Classic Plan Behind So You Think's Guineas Winner

A confident long range plan laid the foundation for the filly that gave former champion So You Think his first Group One winner as a sire at Riccarton on November 12.

La Diosa Horseform, a South Island-trained filly, fulfilled expectations in the G1 1000 Guineas at Riccarton, the result of expectations formed many months earlier according to part-owner Gordon Calder.

Calder said the ownership group were called together at a round table discussion to establish just who would be entrusted with the filly’s preparation for her three-year-old season with the 1000 Guineas in mind.


La Diosa
La Diosa Picture:Trish Dunell

“She was always a gorgeous filly and the dream was always the 1000 Guineas,” said Calder.

Matt and Mandy Brown and their Ngapuke property, with its private training track and “superb attention to detail” came highly recommended at the discussion with the group agreeing that their South Island base would be an advantage.

“It’s great when a plan comes off, because we all know it isn’t always the case in racing,” Calder said.

It was La Diosa’s breeder, Whangarei-based Terry Archer, who planted the seed for the classic assault many years earlier.

“I raced mainly colts and geldings,” Archer explained. “I had a Group One win with Z’Oro in the 1994 Thorndon Mile but I realised there was no residual value at the end of their careers.”

“I thought, someone must be making some money out of this - let’s try and buy well-bred fillies.”

First came Showella Horseform, where the appeal for Archer was the fact the daughter of Lord Ballina and Show Queen was a granddaughter of the mighty Show Gate (Gate Keeper).

Showella recorded six wins including G1 successes in the New Zealand Stakes and the South Australian Derby.

A foal share arrangement with Coolmore Stud saw Showella’s first foal by Danehill purchased by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

Racing as Safwa Horseform she went on to earn black type and notch up five wins.

“He must’ve liked what he saw because he came back and bought a colt out of Showella a few years later,” Archer said.

The La Diosa story really began with Archer’s $55,000 purchase at the 2000 NZ Bloodstock Premier sale at Karaka of a daughter of Star Way and stakes winning Grosvenor mare The Grin.

“Wayne Peters and I bought Star Affair Horseform off the Dennis brothers,” Archer said.

“She was passed in and I think Frank Ritchie ended up signing for her.”

Star Affair added to her family’s record with four wins at 1600m, among them the Gr.2 Travis Stakes before retiring to stud.

So You Think
So You Think Picture:Coolmore Stud

There was a run of Star Affair colts – including G3 winner and G1 Sydney Cup placegetter Solid Billing Horseform (Rock Of Gibraltar) and three Galileos (among them South African G1 placegetter and winner of 5 races Galileo’s Galaxy) – before she had an O’Reilly filly that waspurchased by Waikato Stud for $600,000 at the 2010 Premier sale.

“Star Affair got to about 14 and I realised I needed a filly from her to carry on breeding from,” he said.

When Star Affair produced a filly by High Chaparral followed by another by So You Think, Archer decided he needed to get a group together to ensure that happened.

That syndicate retained both those two fillies – La Dama Horseform and La Diosa - and a subsequent yearling filly by O’Reilly which will head off to the breakers next March.

La Diosa is currently leading the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year series but will go for a spell and probably have only one race in New Zealand before heading to Australia in the autumn.

“You can’t ignore the prize money on offer in Australia and Australian black type means so much more when you are selling,” Archer said.

Archer is hopeful La Diosa’s major target will be the ATC Oaks.

“We have reason to believe she will go the distance, she has a half-sibling who was placed over 3200m, but you never know. She will tell us.”

Racing And Sports



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R7 RICCARTON PARK 12 November 2016
Gavelhouse.Com Nz 1000 Guineas 3 , 1600m PLAY REPLAY
Race Synopsis: The G1 1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3yo fillies saw the clear cut favourite and pride of the South in La Dios bury her rivals from last on settling. It was her fourth win in six starts and the worst she has even finished is fourth and even that was an eyecatcher. She won by a length and a half in 1:37.85 and created a hattrick of wins and a hattrick of first G1 success for her sire, rider and trainers. La Dios is by the champion Australian racehorse So You Think (14 wins including ten at G1) and was ridden by Racha Cuneen for trainers Matt and Mandy Brown. The race prior was run and won in near half a second quicker and also saw a swamper on the by now chipping out badly track. Belle Gioia ran a sound second but had her chance after sitting seventh not spending a penny the outer then striding up into the lead at the 200m before getting windburn by the winner soon after. The cut in the ground clearly helped her today. Sweepstake kept coming from back and wide to nab third on the post so the first three home came from seventh or worse midrace. Midnight Gossip unfortunately lost the third placing on the line and the blacktype value that is associated and is lightly tried like Sweepstake. Astara sat outside the leader and fought on okay for fifth while It’s Time For Magic after taking the front at the 1100m was run over the final 200m. Mystery Show was a fair seventh but overall not her usual stout finishing-self. Zigwig battled okay while Glass Slipper never looked likely after being tardily away then hampered plus she had a poor post race recovery so all was not well with the still maiden filly. Royal Fashion can be forgiven as she had a hard run wide fourth or fifth throughout so in fact did okay not to drop right out (the leader only beat her home a length). Incantessimo was outclassed and a clear last at the line as expected. Decent strength field of fillies but a shame the track was so poor as it clearly dulled the hopes of many but to be realistic the winner La Dios had them covered no matter track conditions. This will be a good future source race, as it often is, with the kicker being the strength of fillies and racemares in New Zealand racing across the board with all the advantages they have in terms of weight allowance and bonus stakemoney and more races to compete in each and every season.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. LA DIOSA (NZ)
4yo Mare
MANDY & MATT BROWN
R CUNEEN
56.5
$2.50
 
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - A STAR AFFAIR (NZ)
Calder Bloodstock Ltd, G L Currie, Bruce Honeybone & Deborah Martin, M L Gibson, P B C Sipos & T W Archer Trust
2nd  
7. BELLA GIOIA (NZ)
4yo Mare
SHAUNE RITCHIE
DANIELLE JOHNSON
56.5
$7.60
 
SWISS ACE (AUS) - JOIYA (AUS)
J Collins & T V Rider
3rd  
10. SWEEPSTAKE (NZ)
4yo Mare
M BRESLIN
R J MYERS
56.5
$26.60
 
PER INCANTO (USA) - LOTTERY (NZ)
 M P Breslin, C R Grace Qsm, A L Morris, Pee Gee Bloodstock & A J Porter
4th  6. MIDNIGHT GOSSIP (NZ)
4yo Mare
N W TILEY
CHRIS JOHNSON
56.5
$15.20
5th  2. ASTARA (NZ)
4yo Mare
DONNA LOGAN
SAMANTHA COLLETT
56.5
$7.70
6th  4. ITS TIME FOR MAGIC (NZ)
4yo Mare
ROBERT PRISCOTT
MICHAEL DEE
56.5
$37.90
7th  3. MYSTERY SHOW (NZ)
4yo Mare
JAMES BRIDGE
MARK DU PLESSIS
56.5
$6.50
8th  8. ZIGWIG (NZ)
4yo Mare
NICK WIGLEY
TERRY MOSELEY
56.5
$30.90
9th  5. GLASS SLIPPER (NZ)
4yo Mare
LANCE O'SULLIVAN & ANDREW SCOTT
LEITH INNES
56.5
$6.60
10th  9. ROYAL FASHION (AUS)
4yo Mare
MARK FORBES
CRAIG GRYLLS
56.5
$19.80
11th  11. INCANTESIMO (NZ)
4yo Mare
GRAHAM RICHARDSON
KELLY MC CULLOCH
56.5
$78.50

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