Cora Lynn has gone to the top of the NZ Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series after an impressive victory in the second leg of the Series at Wingatui.
Cora Lynn (Golan) also boosted her value as a broodmare when she came from the clouds to defeat Ortem Fire (Gallant Guru) by a half-head in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) on Saturday. Arietta (Falkirk) also made up ground to finish third.
“She’s quite smart but I thought she may have been too far back to catch the leaders,” trainer Matt Brown said. “But she’s got a really good turn of foot.”
Cora Lynn (NZ) was bred by Windsor Park Stud who retained ownership of the filly. Her dam Coraletta (Kaapstad) is a sister to the former high-class galloper Kaapstad Way.
“I was taking to Steve Till at Windsor Park and he said she’s bred to go a mile and further,” Brown added. “She’s done it all on one preparation and we were thinking of giving her a break. There’s plenty of time to take her over ground.”
Cora Lynn is raced on lease by Brown and his wife Mandy along with Christchurch client John Scott. She had won her first two starts at Riccarton before losing her unbeaten record there last month when denied a run at a crucial stage.
Cora Lynn has joined Kasumi (Shinko King) at the top of the NZB Southern Filly of the Year Series. The third leg is the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on April 14. The Listed Warstep Stakes (2000m) completes the four leg Series on April 21.