THREE year-old filly California Star has quickly endeared herself to the Joanne Hardy stable.
This afternoon at Coffs Harbour, the daughter of Starspangledbanner will be out to further win over all concerned when she looks for back to back wins in the Eaton/BPW Transpec class 1 Hcp (1316m).
California Star will be having just her third start for Coffs Harbour based trainer Hardy since being purchased "cheaply" according to Hardy as a tried horse from the Lee Curtis stable in Sydney.
Second up for Hardy the filly scored a hard fought win in a 1200m maiden at Coffs on Easter Saturday.
"She's a beautiful filly to do anything with, perfect," Hardy said in praise of California Star.
"She's got a lovely nature and has quickly established herself as one of the stable favourites."
California Star is out of the Commands mare Calchris. Her half-sister Calcatta is a winner of a Listed race in Adelaide.
After the filly's purchase several of the previous owners decided to stay in the ownership of California Star. Hardy syndicated the remainder of the shares to stable clients.
Hardy's track rider Jessica Prentice has taken a special interest in the filly.
"Jessica, who hopes to make a career as a jockey one day, has taken her under her wing," Hardy said.
"She does a lot of work with her. The pair are inseparable."
Hardy has been taken with the filly's improvement since her Coffs win last time out.
"Her work's been better since she won," Hardy added.
"She's matured a bit and she just keeps improving.
"Her win at Coffs was tough. She had to do a lot of work early to hold from an inside barrier, got a spell mid race then went head and head down the straight. She fought on really well and has come on since the run.
"I think she's going to develop into a nice mare. I'm happy to have her."