Habibi kept her unbeaten record alive with a three length victory in the G2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) at Ellerslie on Wednesday.
Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan had the choice of starting Habibi in the Great Northern Guineas or the G2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m). She chose to take on the colts in the former on a Dead 5 track affected by the tail-end of Cyclone Evan.
“Habibi can be a cantankerous filly to train but I’ve always thought she would make a top staying filly,” Logan said. “We are setting her for the New Zealand Oaks (2400m) in March.
“She’s a really talented filly and I think she’s going places for the owners.” Logan prepares Habibi for New Plymouth breeders Peter and Heather Crofskey.
The Ellerslie result was a black-type first for Habibi after lead-up wins at Ruakaka, Avondale and Ellerslie earlier this season.
Habibi (3f Ekraar – Danny Holiday by Danasinga) is a younger sister to Singapore winner Honest and their dam has a yearling filly from the first crop of by Thewayyouare. Second dam Ballamanda (Lord Ballina) is an unraced sister to Mirror Magic (G1 Perth Cup & G1 WA Derby).
Her sire Ekraar (Red Ransom) is stationed at Linwood Park and his best Kiwi bred galloper to date has been Shez Sinsational who was runner-up to Veyron in the G1 Zabeel Classic later in the day at Ellerslie.