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La Bella Diosa Set to Bounce Back in Vinery
Top Kiwi filly La Bella Diosa will be out to resurrect her Sydney campaign when she contests the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of the New Zealand 1000 Guineas last season, the daughter of So You Think made an impressive Australian debut when winning the Gr2 Surround Stakes before finishing a disappointing last (19th of 19) in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic. A subsequent scope revealed a small amount of mucus. She was also suffering from mild lower airway inflammation. "They were pretty minor issues to be fair and she's good now," said Matt Brown, who trains in partnership with his wife Mandy. "I spoke to Mandy yesterday and she was pretty happy," he said. "The filly was allowed to gallop on the course proper at Randwick, but Mandy couldn't find a mate for her so she went on her own and she got a bit lost. Jason Collett came over to ride her and he was more than happy for us to be pressing forward."