Princess Kereru will be set to tackle elite company in her next start after winning over 1200m at Ellerslie on Saturday.
It was the second win for the five-year-old mare this campaign and her connections were expecting a solid showing on the weekend from their charge.
“She has been very unlucky all the way through,” said Ken Kelso, who trains in partnership with his wife Bev and Mark Donoghue.
“She’s been really flying this year and her track work was good leading up to it, so we expected her to go well.”
The daughter of Pins will now be set to return to Ellerslie on New Year’s Day where she will line-up in the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m).
“She has got exemption to get in (to the Railway), so she’s safely in the field now. That will be her next start, she’ll go to the Railway,” Kelso said.
“She loves Ellerslie too, that’s a big plus. Her form at Ellerslie is very good, so that’s an attraction to go to the Railway and we might as well roll the dice and have a crack.”