Kisses (NZ) rounded off a satisfying week for Chequers Stud in the Listed NZ Bloodstock Air Freight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
The Cambridge based filly made the long trip south worthwhile in the third leg of NZB Southern Filly-of-the-Year Series. She raced behind the pace and, after barging into the clear, kicked away to beat Adolay (Fast ’N’ Famous) by nearly two lengths with If I Can I Can (Iffraaj) and Marmi (Lion Heart) dead-heating for third.
Kisses (3f Iffraaj – La Marmalade by Marscay) had showed her quality in the spring with a runner-up finish in the LR Wanganui Stakes behind Twilight Granita and she travelled south off the back of a six length maiden win at Arawa Park last month.
Kisses is a Chequers homebred and she is also trained at the Stud by brothers Mark Fraser-Campin and Chris Campin. Their Cambridge farm is home to the Tale Of The Cat stallion Battle Paint, whose half-brother Lines Of Battle won the G2 UAE Derby last Saturday night.
“It’s been a good week all around and we’ve always believed Kisses had ability so it’s nice to be proved right,” Fraser-Campin said. “She’s a lot stronger this time in and she’s learning and getting better all the time. She’s a big filly with a real look about her.”
Riccarton’s Listed Warstep Stakes on April 20 is on the radar and so is a trip to Brisbane for the winter carnival.
Kisses is the 12th stakes winner by Iffraaj (Zafonic) who shuttles to Haunui Farm from Darley’s Kildangan Stud. She is a half-sister to four winners including Singapore Listed winner Tres Sheik (Desert Style).