Gondokoro Ready for The Roses 2013

Pat Carey’s progressive staying filly Gondokoro will step out at Doomben on Saturday in the Group 3 2013 The Roses (2000m).

The Zabeel filly hasn’t been since April 20 when she was beaten 12 lengths finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks.

On paper it looks like a big margin but Carey was pleased with the Group 1 placing and was full of admiration for winner Royal Descent.

“I think we all saw the race and we all saw how well Royal Descent won,” Carey told RSN.

“Gondokoro ran on really well, she got into a bit of traffic at the top of the straight and I thought she would have run a clear second.”

Gondokoro is being set for the Group 1 2013 Queensland Oaks on June 1 and this Saturday’s race is a traditional lead-up.

The emerging galloper has just one win from 11 starts but is now competing over distances that are winnable.

Gondokoro is currently residing with Melbourne Cup-winning trainer John Meagher in Queensland where Carey said she has settled in very well.

“She’s stationed up there with John Meagher. She worked pretty well at Doomben the other day on wet ground,” he said.

“I’m happy with her.”

To taste Roses success on Saturday Gondokoro will have to beat a quality field of fillies including Australian Oaks runner-up and Group 1 winner Dear Demi.

Dear Demi is also being aimed at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks which if successful would be her second top-tier win after taking out the Crown Oaks during the spring.

Also contesting The Roses is Kris Lees-trained filly Express Power who shot into Oaks contention when winning the Gold Coast Bracelet last Saturday week.

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