Goodwood Stud sire Chinese Dragon will make a classic connection at Trentham on Saturday with a pair of black type contenders.
On a big day for the Palmerston North farm, the stallion son of Stravinsky be represented by his first Group One runner.
Grace O’Malley has earned her place in the New Zealand Oaks with four placings from six middle distance appearances.
The filly finished runner-up at her latest start at Ellerslie over 2100 metres behind Chinese Dragon’s promising staying son Serpent.
He will attempt to complete a hat-trick of wins when he takes aim at the Listed New Zealand St Leger.
Bred by Goodwood Stud, Serpent has made strong progress this season and looks on the verge of stakes success.
Chinese Dragon will be further represented in the opening event on the Wellington card by recent winner Little Dragon Girl.
Another home-bred with black type intentions is the Howbaddouwantit mare Enuffisenuff.
She had little luck last time out and will look for a change of fortune in the Gr 3 Cuddle Stakes.
Goodwood will also be following the fortunes of the in-form mare Gold Cape in the Rating 85 staying event.
The daughter of Cape Cross is part-owned by the stud while the final event on premier day, the Rating 85 sprint, is another to hold significant interest.
Barbaric, considered a Group One horse in the making by trainer Stephen Marsh, was bred and is raced by Goodwood.
The exciting four-year-old will be opposed by the well-performed mare Don’t Dilly Dally, co-bred and part-owned by the farm.