Emerging Kiwi superstar Amarelinha will be given every chance to book a flight across the Tasman for a Group 1 Australian Oaks tilt this autumn.
Owners Te Akau Racing confirmed their autumn plans for the Jamie Richards-trained filly which would leave the passage open for a trip to take on Australia’s best three-year-old staying fillies.
Connections elected against paying a late entry fee for Group 1 New Zealand Derby in favour of keeping Amarelinha against her own sex in the Group 3 Sunline Vase, staged on the same day at Ellerslie on March 6.
A date with the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham will follow on March 20 before Te Akau makes a final call on a trip to Australia.
Amarelinha is currently the outright $4.50 favourite with TAB.com.au for the 2400m Randwick fillies feature on April 10.
“After the New Zealand Oaks we will give serious consideration to taking her to Sydney for the Australian Oaks,” Principal of Te Akau Racing David Ellis told NZ Racing Desk.
“We would go straight into the Oaks over there, but she would have to do everything 100 per cent for that to happen, but it is certainly what her goal is.”
What a race! 2000 Guineas winner Aegon digs in for the fight and fends off the challenge from Amarelinha to take out the Karaka Million 3YO Classic for Murray Baker and @ForsmanAndrewpic.twitter.com/V6VoLCKhMl
Amarelinha is one of the most promising fillies in training in Australasia and currently boasts a record of three wins and two placings from five starts.
The daughter of Savabeel went toe-to-toe with recent Hobartville Stakes victor Aegon earlier this year when the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained gelding narrowly edged her out in the Karaka Millions 3YO Classic.
Amarelinha was a dominant winner of her only start since after capturing the Group 2 Fillies Classic at Te Rapa by a comfortable 4-1/2 lengths on February 13.
If she can maintain her form in New Zealand before arriving in Australia she will certainly be among the horses to beat on day two of The Championships.
And if Ellis has his way, it may not be the only Australian Group 1 feature she targets in 2021.
“Amarelinha might be a Caulfield Cup (2400m) or Cox Plate (2040m) mare in the spring and I want to win the Filly of the Year Series and turn her into a top broodmare in years to come,” he said.
Originally published asAustralian assault on the cards for Amarelinha
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