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Collett Booked for Top Filly's Australian Debut
Jason Collett has been booked to ride La Diosa (So You Think-Star Affair, by Star Way) in her Australian debut, but riding engagements for the remainder of the top filly's autumn campaign have yet to be confirmed, reports NZ Racing Desk. The former New Zealand apprentice will have the first chance to impress aboard the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner when she resumes in Saturday week's Gr2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. "Jason will be on her in her first start, but we're not 100 per cent sure after that," said Matt Brown, who trains the So You Think filly with his wife Mandy. La Diosa is scheduled to have the second run of her preparation in the Gr3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange on 10 March followed by the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on 25 March. "Hopefully, it will be on to the Oaks [Gr1 Australian Oaks] with her after that," said Brown. La Diosa arrived in Sydney without incident last Friday and she has settled in well at John Sargent's Randwick stables. "She's doing better than we thought – she's eating and drinking well so we couldn't be happier," Brown said. By former Champion Australian Racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights), La Diosa is out of Gr2 winning Star Way mare Star Affair and hails from the same family as NZ 1000 Guineas winner The Jewel and Gr1 Auckland Cup winner Irish Chance.