Rasa Lila Making Her Mark

Pencarrow Stud bred and raced Rasa Lila (Darci Brahma x Dance My Dance) was an impressive victor in the $20,000 Rating 65 More FM 2100 race at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie trained mare resumed racing in New Zealand mid-October following a campaign in Australia earlier this year. She placed second equal in her first start for this campaign at Otaki followed with another second in early November at Te Rapa, both at 1600m. Saturday was her third start for this campaign with Ramsay and Ritchie stepping her up to 2100m.

At the start of the race Rasa Lila went to the tail of the fifteen horse field. As she approached the last 300m, she gave jockey Vinnie Colgan a strong run home to finish one length in front of the field.

“She got back on a day where there was not a lot of speed, making it hard to make ground,” commented Ramsay. “She was fourth to last at the half mile and showed good turn of foot.”

“We were confident setting her up over 2100m trip and she will most likely get a bit further than that. She is nominated for the Dunstan Stayers Final and the Wellington Cup. She will next run at Te Rapa in three weeks on 20th December.”

From Rasa Lila’s ten race day starts, this is her second win, earning her a total of $45,377 winnings for Sir Peter Vela.

Rasa Lila was bred by Sir Peter Vela and Philip Vela and is out of an unraced mare Dance My Dance by Sadler’s Wells. Rasa Lila is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Posavina (Tiger Hill). Her second dam Tis Juliet (Alydar) was a Group 1 winning mare in the United States. Dance My Dance foaled a colt by boom Australian sire Snitzel in September.