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Rasa Lila Chasing Maiden Black-Type Success
Time has served Rasa Lila (Darci Brahma-Dance My Dance, by Sadler's Wells) well and she is in the right order to continue her winning ways at Ellerslie on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. "She really has strengthened up and she's a completely different horse this season," said Steven Ramsay, who trains the mare with his partner Julia Ritchie. Rasa Lila is unbeaten in two runs this preparation and the 5YO will attempt to complete a hat-trick of wins in the Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes over 1600m. "We'll keep her to a mile at the moment even though she has won over 2100 metres," Ramsay said. "She's got a really good turn of foot and she can run slick times." He added: "She hasn't got any black type yet so that's the main objective with her. She's out of a Sadler's Wells mare so she is very valuable." While Rasa Lila will stay at a shorter trip in the immediate future, she could move up in distance over the Christmas period. "The Zabeel Classic over 2000 metres might be a nice race for her if she keeps taking the next steps," Ramsay said. The Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) will be run at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. From the unraced Sadler's Wells mare Dance My Dance, Rasa Lila is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Posavina and hails from the successful North American family of champion US mare Stella Madrid, winner of five Gr1 races including the Frizette Stakes and Acorn Stakes.