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Smart Mare Sidelined Until Spring
Talented Kiwi mare Capella (Rip Van Winkle-Limerick, by Grosvenor) won't race again this season after suffering an injury when a last-start fifth in the Gr2 Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie, reports NZ Racing Desk. "It was a slight fetlock strain and we didn't think it was worth pushing on with her," trainer Danica Guy said. "She's going to have a long break, the first one she's really ever had. It won't do her any harm and we'll get her back for the spring." Capella showed her quality last season with victory in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic and she also finished third in the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic and fourth in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby. She then crossed the Tasman and performed with credit when fifth in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes and seventh in the Gr1 Australian Oaks.