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Gr1 Filly Back Bigger & Stronger From Spell
Top-class performer Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman-Leigh Valley, by Bianconi) is showing no ill-effects from a traumatic post-race ordeal at the end of her autumn campaign in Sydney, reports NZ Racing Desk. Following a bold second in the Gr1 Vinery Stud at Rosehill and a creditable sixth in the Gr1 Australian Oaks at Randwick, Valley Girl, along with fellow New Zealand fillies Sofia Rosa and Capella, was rushed to an equine clinic after the trio were given an overdose of an insect drench treatment before they were scheduled to fly home. All three fillies suffered burns and exhibited signs of colic. "She's back in the stable now after a break and she looks great – she's bigger and stronger," co-trainer Donna Logan said of the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner. Logan, who trains Valley Girl in partnership with Chris Gibbs, will shortly sit down and map out a spring campaign for the daughter of Mastercraftsman. "Obviously there's Melbourne to think of and the Hawke's Bay carnival – Hasselhoof could go down there," Logan said. "Chris is away at the moment, but when he's back we will start planning and locking programmes in."