ABR in partnership with Summit Bloodstock and champion driver Luke McCarthy have purchased the outstanding three-year-old New Zealand filly Cover Girl.

All eyes will be on Cover Girl this Friday night when she comes from gate six in the Group 1 $150,000 Pascoes The Jewellers Northern Oaks (2700m) for trainer-driver Bob Butt at Alexandra Park.

The filly will be headed to Australia soon after and be prepared the Queensland Oaks at Albion Park.

Cover Girl has won two of her 13 starts with her most recent win being at Alexandra Park on March 4.

She is by Bettor’s Delight out of an Art Major mare so is bred in the purple and ABR hopes she can progress in similar fashion to Spirit of St Louis under the care of Luke and Belinda McCarthy.

Jamie Durnberger, Racing Manager of Summit Bloodstock, said the purchase came about through New Zealand owner Tim Vince.

“Tim has been a wonderful supporter of Summit Bloodstock since we started,” Durnberger said.

“He is a major owner in Cover Girl and advised us the filly was going to be placed on the market and he wanted to remain involved.

“We believe she might be the quickest of all the three-year-old fillies in New Zealand and were delighted to purchase her with Tim still involved.

“History shows that the stock of Bettor’s Delight improve as they get older so we believe she can measure up to the best.

“Bob Butt is an outstanding trainer and has the filly coming along strongly against the best of her age, and we are sure Belinda and Luke can pick up the reins when she arrives next week.”

Aaron Bain, principal of ABR, said it has been exciting to secure Cover Girl.

“Working closely with the team at Summit Bloodstock, we jumped at the opportunity,” Bain said.

“Following the Group 1 in NZ, the Queensland Oaks is an excellent first goal, then there is the Victoria Oaks as well as the Breeders Crown.

“We’ve had a wonderful ride with Spirit of St Louis, and hopefully Cover Girl can develop into one of Australia’s best.”

Speaking of Spirit of St Louis, he also will be headed to Queensland for their winter carnival as he attempts to become the country’s best pacer taking over from retired stablemate King of Swing.

Photo: Cover Girl (RIGHT)

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