Te Rapa Specialist Stars in Soliloquy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

De La Terre (NZ) wins Leg 2 of the 2020-21 NZB Filly of the Year Series. Photo: Trish Dunell.

The temporary relocation of Saturday’s Group Three Waikato Stud Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) played right into the hands of Te Rapa specialist De La Terre (NZ) (Reliable Man). 

Bought for $55,000 at Karaka 2019, De La Terre scored an impressive front-running victory to take an equal lead on the 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series points table. The Soliloquy Stakes produced a trifecta for Karaka graduates, with runner-up Kahma Lass (NZ) (Darci Brahma) bought for $290,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2019, and third-placed Tokorangi (NZ) (Redwood) a $30,000 purchase from Book 2.

The Soliloquy Stakes is the newest addition to the prestigious series and is traditionally held at Ellerslie, but it was moved to Te Rapa in a reshuffle of the spring calendar due to the Covid-19 interruptions earlier in the year.

That proved to be ideal for De La Terre, who has now won four of her starts at Te Rapa including Saturday’s black-type triumph. Her only defeat at the track was a second placing behind star male three-year-old Need I Say More (No Nay Never) in last month’s Group Three Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).

Despite her formidable Te Rapa record, De La Terre was overlooked as a $19 outsider in a star-studded field for Saturday’s race, which was the second of 11 legs in the 2020-21 NZB Filly of the Year Series.

But jockey Ryan Elliot sent the talented filly straight to the lead and dominated the race from there, kicking strongly in the straight and refusing to surrender her advantage.

Kahma Lass produced a determined bid from midfield and came up just short in a tight photo finish, while Tokorangi flashed home from a hopeless position for an eye-catching third.

It was a remarkable fourth Soliloquy Stakes victory for co-trainer Graeme Rogerson, whose previous winners include Vegas Showgirl (NZ) (Al Akbar), the dam of the legendary Winx (Street Cry).

Rogerson was delighted with De La Terre’s front-running performance.

“That was a super effort,” the Hall of Fame trainer told NZ Racing Desk. “We had to back off her a bit after she ran in the Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings. She jarred up a bit, so we gave her a short break.

“We had to run her last week to get her fitness back up, because we’re heading to the New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. She should get there now at 100%. She’s a real tough filly, and I don’t have any doubts that she will get the mile.”

De La Terre is a full-sister to the Group One performer Aalalune (NZ) (Reliable Man). She has now had 11 starts for four wins, two seconds and $100,260 in stakes.

Saturday’s win earned 6 Filly of the Year Series points for De La Terre, moving her to the top of the table. She shares that number-one spot with Miss Aotearoa (NZ) (Per Incanto), who opened the Series with her victory in the Group Three Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings but is currently on the sidelines with a minor injury.

Sweet Anna (NZ) (Tavistock) and Kahma Lass are in equal third position with 6 points apiece, while Babylon Berlin (All Too Hard) and Tokorangi have earned 1.5 points each.

The third leg of the Series is one of the most important, the $300,000 Group One Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 14. That prestigious classic is worth 12 Filly of the Year Series points to the winner.

Vendor

Westbury Stud

Purchaser

Rogerson Bloodstock (Waikato)

Breeding

Reliable Man – Veva Girl

Sale

Lot 507, Karaka 2019 Book 1, $55,000

Bred by

G Harvey