Matamata trainer Lance Noble produced promising mare Mercury Mistress (No Excuse Needed) to win at Pukekohe on Wednesday, and a day later presented a rising star at his local meeting when Chaparral Lass (3 B. F. High Chaparral – Axislass, by Straight Strike) got up to win impressively in the Magill Earl Maiden over 1600-metres for fillies and mares.
Allowed to drift when unable to secure a spot after being wide in midfield, Chaparral Lass was twelfth of fourteen and ten lengths from the leader as rider Cameron Lammas asked her to make progress at the 600m. Into the clear but wide on the track at the 300m, the filly by the boom sire boomed home with an irresistible finish, drawing clear by three-quarter-of-a-length at the line.
After appearing to have matters in hand for a deserved victory, The Dow Jones (King’s Chapel) returned her fifth second placing from ten starts, with a long-neck to Zafer (Johar), another knocking on the door of victory, in third.
With the going dead, Chaparral Lass covered the mile in 1:37.81.
Noble was quick to suggest that with a win under her belt at only her second start, thoughts for the filly would be in keeping with a campaign aimed at the NZ Oaks in March next year.
“She’s a filly with a lot of ability”, said Noble. “Her first run was encouraging, but the way she did it today when coming from well off them was very strong.”
Noble said that at this stage Chaparral Miss was still an immature filly, “but hopefully if we can nurse her through, somewhere around March would be nice.”
He admitted to some concerns when the filly was standing the leaders such a big start.
“I know she’s got a big stride and needs time to get balanced, so I was hoping she’d run on and if she ran third I’d be happy. But the last bit was pretty impressive”, Noble said.
Realising he was setting his mount a stern task from well back in the field, Lammas indicated he was aware of her athleticism when suggesting he knew what he had underneath him, while also mentioning any immaturity and greenness evident at present could only improve with time.
Chaparral Miss is owned and bred by G B & R M Draper.