Altomonte Reaches for Flight Stakes 2013 With Slipper Winner

She’s opened top of the markets for the Golden Rose in September but owner George Altomonte is hopeful his Golden Slipper champ Overreach can step right up to the mile for the 2013 Flight Stakes later in the spring as well.


Golden Slipper winner Overreach will target the 2013 Flight Stakes over the mile this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of Exceed And Excel thrived during the autumn in Sydney winning three on the trot starting with a six length romp in the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m).

She progressed to Group 2 level the next month with another easy win this time by four and a half lengths in the Moet & Chandon Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill returning to the track and distance a fortnight later for her Group 1 winning effort in the Golden Slipper.

While she failed to make it four from four when third to Guelph in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) just seven days after the Slipper, Overreach lost few admirers and is on track for a big Sydney Spring Racing Carnival return.

One of 168 first acceptors taken for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m), the Rosehill Gardens classic on September 14 is her first major assignment.

And she’s well fancied in the futures Golden Rose odds opening at this week as the $4.40 top fancy.

Set to trial at Randwick either this Friday or next week, Overreach has reportedly come through her spell well having spent the past few months at Altomotne’s Corumbene Stud in the Hunter Valley.

“She’s put on 40kg and looks great,” Altomonte told Sky Sports radio on Sunday.

If successful in the Golden Rose Overreach will become just the second horse joining the Peter Snowden-trained Forensics (2007-08) to complete the Golden Slipper – Rose since the latter’s inception in 2003.

But it’s not just the Rose Altomonte wants to conquer with Overreach this season.

He’s also eyeing off the fillies’ only $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, October 5.

“She will be aimed at the Golden Rose and the Flight Stakes,” he confirmed.

“She is certainly bred to get 1600 metres.”

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