Kahma Lass All Class

Date: 7 Oct 2020

Kahma Lass All Class

In the colours of Probabeel (Savabeel), Kahma Lass (3 f Darci Brahma - Distinctive Lass, by Orientate) recorded a clinical victory in the ajc.co.nz $10,000 Maiden 1200 metres on 7 October at Avondale.

Probabeel provided a heady moment for trainer Jamie Richards, Cambridge Stud owners Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Jo Lindsay, and the entire New Zealand racing industry when she won the iconic Epsom Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) last Saturday at Royal Randwick, and the same combination was to the fore again with Kahma Lass.

Solid through the trials' stage and a stylish winner on 3 September at Te Teko, Kahma Lass had produced a very good debut second in the Maiden 3YO 1100 metres on 13 September at Taupo, and upped the ante in winning.

Ideally drawn in barrier two, she
began well although rider Danielle Johnson was keen to secure cover and
restrained the filly to fourth passing the 800m. From there, she travelled
sweetly, ranged at will turning in, and stretched clear to win handsomely when
asked for her best inside the 200m.

It was a good win. Her action
quickening looked athletic and she could be an ideal type to fulfil her
nomination in the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 14 November at Riccarton.

Heavily supported in betting, having
not missed a beat in her lead-up form, running 34.1 (600m) when runner-up on
debut, Kahma Lass returned $1.80 & $1.10 on the NZ TAB tote, and winning by
one and a quarter lengths she covered the 1200 metres in a slick 1:08.3.
Stable-mate Sizzler (Sizzling) ran a good race for third.

“She is a progressive filly and
trialled well,” Richards said. “We've always thought a bit of her and taken our
time. She ran into a smart one (No Filter (Toronado)) first-up and I think the
form will stack up.

“She will head towards the
Soliloquy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) (Oct. 24) at Te Rapa. She's still not there
yet, this filly, and has more improvement in her in terms of racing more
generously. It was only her second start and good to get another win for
Brendan & Jo. They are great supporters of Te Akau.

“She is a filly that can go on
with it. Her dam side is very fast, so how far she goes up in trip I'm not sure
but we will look firstly at Soliloquy, anyway.”

Kahma Lass was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $290,000 at the Karaka 2019 Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Curraghmore Stud. From the same draft in 2015, Ellis also bought her brother, Distinctive Darci. A smart four-length trial winner on debut at Te Aroha, he transferred to Mark Walker in Singapore, winning 10 races, including a Group 2 and over NZ$1 million in prize money. His half-brother Kuro (Denman) won five stakes' races in a total of eight wins, and Southern Lad (Ocean Park) has won five in Australia.

“She was an absolutely beautiful
filly, very correct, a beautiful mover, with an enormous amount of quality
about her,” Ellis said. “Rich in colour, she was probably the standout Darci
Brahma filly of the sale for us.

“Distinctive Darci won again the other day in Malaysia. The mare has been a fantastic producer and I was very keen to buy this filly. Brendan and Jo (Lindsay) decided to buy her from me and give her to us to train and it's been a great result. Jamie (Richards) has thought she was an above average filly for quite some time.

“We've got team members in Christchurch and Sydney as well as Matamata, and everyone is working very hard as we get into a busy period in the racing season. They've all stepped up and are doing a simply amazing job and it's great to see them all enjoying in the success.”

Kahma Lass was strapped by Sam Bergerson.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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