New Zealand filly Yoha took longer than expected to arrive at Louth Park because of the coronavirus crisis but Mitch Chapple feels like it was worth the wait.
The trainer rates Yoha, which landed in Australia around two months ago, as one of the best he has prepared.
"[Stablemate and Gold Tiara heat winner] La Cabeza Gem is probably the best horse I've ever put a bridle on and this one isn't far behind. She's a nice filly," Chapple said.
Around the time of purchase in March, COVID-19 restrictions saw flights cancelled out of Christchurch. Yoha was then transported to Auckland only to meet more delays with further travel bans imposed. This meant time in a spelling paddock.
Chapple described Yoha's first-up run at Tamworth on June 14 as "disastrous" but was "satisfied" with how she rebounded in a recent trial and winning a 2030 metre event at Newcastle last week.
Yoha returns to Newcastle International Paceway on Friday in the second last of an eight-race meeting. Action from 5:07pm.
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