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Bowman on Kiwi Filly in Kembla Classic
Meanwhile, Hugh Bowman will ride star New Zealand filly La Bella Diosa in the Gr3 Arrowfield Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) on Friday. La Bella Diosa (So You Think-Star Affair, by Star Way), who became the first Gr1 winner for former champion racehorse So You Think when winning last season’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas, made a successful Australian debut when resuming with a win in the Gr2 Surround Stakes at Randwick on 25 February. “I spoke to the owners while I was over there [New Zealand] and gave them a commitment I would ride her when she came here. She looks a pretty nice filly and her win in the Surround (Stakes) showed she is right up to our fillies,” Bowman told ANZ Bloodstock News. The Kembla Grange Classic (previously known as the Keith Nolan Classic) has traditionally been used as a preparatory race for the Gr1 Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick.