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Connections of the Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent have indicated the prestigious 2013 Cox Plate could be on the agenda for the Australian Oaks winning filly this coming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The nicely-bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice has already shown plenty of ability winning four of her opening seven career starts.
It was a stunning first prep for Royal Descent too with her Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) victory in mid-April leading into an incredible 10 length annihilation of her rivals in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on a Heavy (10) track at Randwick just seven days later.
And that’s where Waller left her, a Group 1 winner with a big spring ahead.
Having been sent to the paddock after her Oaks success Royal Descent is gearing up for a new season return where she is considered a credible chance in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.
While she is yet to race outside of Sydney Waller and co. are keen to take her on an interstate campaign this spring with the riches on offer in Melbourne too tempting to ignore.
If not the Cox Plate then she will be extended over the mile and a half again for a shot at the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) a week earlier.
What has been decided is her first-up run with owner Gerry Harvey’s racing manager Claire Bird confirming they would likely kick her off in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Warwick Farm on August 24.
“She came back into work around late May and she’s scheduled to trial at Warwick Farm on July 26,” Bird said.
“I think at this stage she’ll probably have two of three runs in Sydney before she comes down to Melbourne.
“If she was going well enough and she measured up in Melbourne she could head towards either the Caulfield Cup or the Cox Plate. It hasn’t been decided as yet as to which is her main target.”
Pre-nomination Cox Plate betting markets are already open at online bookies around the country with Royal Descent sitting at around $26 in the markets.
That’s an equal price with the likes of Atlantic Jewel’s youngster sister Commanding Jewel who hasn’t raced since her Thousand Guineas triumph last October, last start Coral Eclipse winning European Al Kazeem and Waller’s O’Reilly colt Sacred Falls who won the Doncaster Mile last start.
The $4.20 favourite meanwhile is It’s A Dundeel.
She’s a much shorter chance in the Caulfield Cup 2013 odds occupying the third line of betting at $11, markets led again by It’s A Dundeel ($7) with early Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune the $9 second pick.
“She had about five or six weeks in the paddock after the autumn and she’s come back really well,” Bird added.
“Chris is doing a bit of dressage work with her to help strengthen up her hindquarters and he is really happy with her progress.
“She’s never going to be a really big strong filly, she just hasn’t got that kind of build but she’s put on weight and she’s strengthened a bit.”
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