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Princess Varunya Lone Aust Challenger In Fillies Guineas
Meanwhile, in the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas in Johannesburg, impeccably Australian-bred filly 3YO Princess Varunya (High Chaparral-Bruges, by Groom Dancer) gets her first crack at stakes company when taking on 16 rivals over the mile journey. The $35,000 bargain buy at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale from the draft of Emirates Park Stud looked every bit a "gonna" horse at the start of her career, however she has since turned that on her head. Following four consecutive runner-up finishes (three at the Durban July course of Greyville in Durban), Princess Varunya has subsequently delighted her trainer Kumaran Naidoo with four consecutive win at Greyville, albeit that they've all been at distances over further than tomorrow's mile. Her pedigree suggests the climb leading to the turn at the top of the Turffontein straight, coupled with one of the longest home stretches in the world, will be an advantage, particularly if there is a solid tempo in the race.