Unbeaten filly on song for Karaka Million

Play That Song is on track for a tilt at the Karaka Million. Photo: Trish Dunell

Play That Song (NZ) (Showcasing) extended her unbeaten record to three when victorious in the Gr.2 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and trainer and part-owner Nigel Tiley is hoping she can continue her winning ways later this month.

Tiley purchased the
daughter of Showcasing out of Windsor Park Stud’s 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock
Book 2 Yearling Sale draft for $40,000 and he said he was impressed with her
from the beginning.

“I just liked her
strength as a yearling, he said. “She has got a terrific shoulder on her and a
very good hind-quarter and her temperament was amazing.”

Play That Song will aim
to extend her winning run to four when she contests the rich Karaka Million 2YO
(1200m) at Ellerslie on January 25.

Tiley is excited about
her chances leading into the Karaka Million and has been pleased with her
progress since her Eclipse Stakes win.

“I knew going into
last start that she was definitely going to improve with the run fitness-wise,”
he said.

“Not An Option is
obviously a very good horse, so to beat him like she did knowing that she was
going to improve, you would have to say she has got the x-factor about her at
this stage.

“That run has
tightened her up nicely, so we will just keep her ticking over and I am pretty
confident she will be somewhere close to her best on Karaka Million night.”

Windsor Park Stud will
offer Play That Song’s half-sister at Karaka later this month. The Charm Spirit
filly will go through the ring as lot 329 on January 27.

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