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Maiden making her presence felt

3 min read

Written by Paul Vettise

She may not have won a race yet, but Aristia (Lonhro) hasn’t let anybody down during her short career.

The filly has already posted two stakes placings from a handful of appearances and will tackle Saturday’s G2 Mumm Wakeful S., at Flemington in tip-top order.

“She’s going well and her work on Tuesday morning was very good,” said Simon Zahra, who prepares the 3-year-old with Mathew Ellerton.

Aristia had three outings last season and finished runner-up to stablemate Marcel From Madrid (Sepoy) in the G3 National S., at Morphettville.

“She surprised us a bit, we weren’t expecting her to make a 2-year-old and she went a cracking race in Adelaide.” - Simon Zahra.

“She surprised us a bit, we weren’t expecting her to make a 2-year-old and she went a cracking race in Adelaide,” Zahra said.

“After that we gave her a break and she’s come back really well. The Ethereal and the Wakeful were the first two races we were really keen on and to get her out to 2000 metres.”

Aristia showed her appreciation of a step up in distance with a bold effort to finish runner-up in the Ethereal behind Darren Weir’s Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}).

“She floated around a bit the other day and Damian (Lane) tried to hold her up for as long as he could.” - Simon Zahra.

“She floated around a bit the other day and Damian (Lane) tried to hold her up for as long as he could,” Zahra said.

“She had a good look around and Weiry’s filly tracked up on her backside with the last run. We’ll put the winkers on.

“She will need a bit of luck from the draw – she could get caught wide and might have to do a bit of work early.

“She’s still on the way up and some more rain to take the jar out of the track would be appreciated.” – Simon Zahra.

“She’s still on the way up and some more rain to take the jar out of the track would be appreciated.”

As long as Aristia runs up to expectations on Saturday, she is likely to take her place in the G1 VRC Oaks.

“It’s the old saying, they’re only three once but we’ve got to be happy with her all the same,” Zahra said.

Easter purchase

An $80,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchase, Aristia is raced by a big team of owners.

“I don’t know how many there are in the syndicates, but there are plenty of them and they’ll all be there on Saturday – hopefully she can go one better and break her maiden,” Zahra said.

Aristia

A half-sister to two multiple winners, Aristia is a daughter of Nakaaya (Tiger Hill {IRE}), who won five races including the G2 Sunline S., and her third dam is the G1 Thousand Guineas winner Princess Talaria (Dignitas {USA}).

The family includes the G1 Flight S., winner Royal Purler (Hector Protector {USA}) and the G3 Premier’s Cup winner and G1 New Zealand Derby runner-up Rising Red (NZ) (Redwood {GB}).