Terrific effort by Kelly Renee results in Group 1 placing
Kelly Renee (2 f Vespa – Sister Celeste, by Galileo), trained by Stephen Autridge and ridden by Craig Grylls upped the ante with a terrific third in the $200,000 Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) last Saturday at Ellerslie.
Having continued her good form with a cracking effort off the outside gate (12) for second to race rival Vernazza (More Than Ready) – who finished second – in the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) a fortnight earlier, Kelly Renee was sixth of eight at the 600m before unwinding a big finish over the final furlong to snatch third.
Her form has stacked up very well, given that before the Breeders’ Stakes she had finished second to subsequent Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m) winning Cool Aza Beel (Savabeel) who also took out the Sistema Stakes.
Also in the Sistema Stakes last Saturday at Ellerslie, stable-mate Laced With Gold (2 f Showcasing – Malta Badia, by Fastnet Rock) produced a brave run for seventh, finishing just a length behind Kelly Renee in a line-up for the minors, after pressing forward off the gate to contest a genuine pace outside the leader.