7-Length Maiden Win by Rasa Lila

The Pencarrow Racing silks were carried to victory in Australia on Saturday with Rasa Lila (Darci Brahma x Dance My Dance) a comprehensive seven-length winner in the $15,000 Milana's Lingerie & Swimwear Boutique Maiden Plate over 1741m at Geelong.

Trained by leading Victorian trainer David Hayes, Rasa Lila was well-backed as the $1.50 race-favourite following placings at her first four starts in her career.

The daughter of Darci Brahma began well for rider Dean Yendall to sit second early in the race before dropping into third with cover behind the two leaders. The three-year-old filly surged to the lead around the home turn and dashed clear to win impressively by an ever-widening margin of seven-lengths.

Hayes also trained Pencarrow graduate Bass Strait (Holy Roman Emperor x Crystalline), who is part owned by Sir Peter Vela, to run third in the Listed A$152,000 Golden Mile at Bendigo on Saturday, beaten a length by Group 1 winner Fat Al.

“It was a dominant win,” commented Hayes. “She took the race by the scruff of the neck and was never going to lose.

“That sets her up for a crack at a Group 3 race for fillies at Morphettville. She is a light framed filly so a bit of time between runs seems to suit and if she can run well at her next start we will have a try for the Australasian Oaks.

“She really has shown ability, I think she will develop into a really nice four-year-old mare.

“1700m didn’t worry her, the further she went the better she was and I think 2000m will be perfect for her.

“Bass Strait picked up some small black-type in a high quality race, he ran third in the Golden Mile and there is a win just around the corner with him.

“He will go to a mile race at the Valley (Moonee Valley) and if he wins that well we might look to a race in Sydney over the Carnival. The Valley was where he should have nearly won a Group 2 so he goes well there.”

The first win of Rasa Lila’s career came at her fifth start for owner Sir Peter Vela who bred the filly with Philip Vela.

Rasa Lila is out of the unraced Sadler’s Wells mare Dance My Dance, who is a daughter of American Group 1 winner Tis Juliet (Alydar). Rasa Lila is a half-sister to Group 3 Lowland Stakes winner Posavina (Tiger Hill).

Dance My Dance was served last season by Australia’s current leading sire Snitzel.