Aretha wins Group 3 in Spirited style
Charm Spirit's 3-year-old filly Aretha made a winning return in the Gr.3 Hawkes Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes over 1200m at Hastings on Saturday.
Bred and owned by Greg McCarthy, Aretha was having her first start since finishing second in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1200m) at Awapuni as a juvenile.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly holds some exciting entries, including the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas.
All roads lead to the Guineas in November, but the Gr.2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) will likely be the next target.
Aretha has always been a tough nut to crack and wears her heart on her sleeve, just like her sire did as a racehorse.
Her strong 2-year-old campaign included a win in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders Stakes and placed efforts in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes, Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes and Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes.
After this win on Saturday, Aretha has firmly cemented herself as the leading 3-year-old filly in New Zealand.