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Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl

Three-year-old trotting filly Copacabana recorded her maiden win at Yarra Valley on Wednesday with a bold-front running performance in the IGA Liquor 3YO Trot. Raced by the Cranbourne Club 21 group, Copacabana’s success came at her first outing for the 2021 racing season giving rise to hopes of a promising future for the daughter of Andover Hall.

Copacabana, who started a well-supported race favourite, was quickly off the arm and driver Greg Sugars had no hesitation in assuming control at the head of the field.  The filly was able to amble through the first half of the last mile in a comfortable 64.5 seconds but was challenged by Ima Destroyer down the back straight on the final occasion and the race tempo increased appreciably.

Turning for home, Copacabana saw off that challenge but was immediately under siege from the Bill Milner trained filly Astro who had enjoyed a soft run in the trail. The pair were locked in battle all the way down the home straight before Astro buckled under pressure and broke stride nearing the finish. Copacabana scored by a half-head over her rival with Yankee Lover filling third placing in an overall mile rate of 2:04:2.

Sugars was delighted with the win which came off the back of a relatively short preparation

“She was running on empty over the last 100 metres or so which was to be expected. I did say beforehand that I’d expect her to take a good deal of benefit out of the run fitness-wise,” Sugars said.  

“She does seem to have pulled up pretty well after the race so that is encouraging. She did everything right, showed good gate speed and fought on well so I’m very pleased with her effort today. Hopefully she can find another length or two on that performance and salute the judge again sometime soon.”

Copacabana is raced on lease from prominent breeders Paul Graydon and Nick Hooper and is the second live foal from their race-winning mare Broadacrossthebeam. The mare’s first foal is the well-performed five-year-old Zarem who has bankrolled over $80,000 in his career to date.

Of course, the Cranbourne Club 21 group of owners will be hoping that Copacabana can emulate her older brother’s performances and no doubt the team at Larajay Farms will give her every opportunity to progress to the juvenile features later this season.

In the meantime, the group should look forward to the prospect of further success with Copacabana, Naked Ambition and The Falcon Prince all set to hit the racetrack in the in the coming weeks.

By David Scott

Photo: Claire Weston Photography

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