Karavali has claimed her first Group win by taking out the Gr3 Aspiration Quality over a mile at Randwick on Saturday. Trainer Kris Lees has said that she will now head to the Group Three Epona Stakes at Rosehill on March 24. Karavali is now into her third preparation since moving from New Zealand in 2016 and Lees has noticed a difference in her physical presentation this preparation.
Karavali began her career in New Zealand before she was purchased through BPB by Kris Lees after running fourth behind Bonneval at Hastings. Karavali has had four wins for Lees and has now amassed over $200,000 in stakes.
Karavali is the daughter of Nadeem and Just Diamonds (No Excuse Needed).
Lanciato staged a dramatic last-to-first performance to win the Newcastle Newmarket Group 3 and has now set himself up for a tilt at the Group One Doncaster Mile. The Per Incanto gelding was impressive showing a turn of speed in the straight to score victory. Given the way he won, the slight step up in distance to the mile should suit him.
Lanciato was originally one of five yearlings selected by Bruce Perry Bloodstock for the Homebush No 5 Partnership. After doing his early racing in New Zealand Lanciato was brought out by one of the partners – Derek Tam – who wished to carry on racing the horse in Australia. Derek now has the horse with trainer Mark Newnham.
Three of the other four horses from the Homebush 5 Partnership were Dal Cielo (Gr 1 winner,) Nahema (Gr2 placed) and Massa Lu (Gr3 placed).