Trainer Donna Logan has revealed that she does not think there is a great deal of difference between Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance and 2014 Rough Habit Plate contender Telepathic.
Rising Romance had a strong summer campaign in New Zealand, winning the Group 2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m) and finishing second in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), and finished fourth when making her Australian racing debut in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 before taking out the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 19.
Telepathic does not have anywhere near the racing resume of Rising Romance, with a fifth place finish in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day last year his only start at Group level, but Logan believes that the Mossman filly has just as much talent as her Group 1 winning stablemate.
“They were coming through together and I had a bit of an edge on Telepathic over Rising Romance but she got injured,” Logan told News Limited.
“This girl has to prove herself, Rising Romance has gone on and done it, but I have rated this filly highly for quite some time.
“I’m very fortunate to have had a number of good fillies in the past couple of years.
“Habibi won the New Zealand Derby, Rising Romance won the Oaks and I don’t think that’s out of this girl’s league at all.”
Telepathic was originally on track to head to the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, along with Rising Romance, for a tilt at both the Vinery Stud Stakes and Australian Oaks, but she was ruled out of The Championship after suffering a minor hoof injury at the start of her preparation.
The three-year-old instead remained in New Zealand and took out the Lindauer Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie on April 12 and the Governor General’s Cup (1600m) at Avondale on April 25 and Logan believes that the minor setback was the best thing that could have happened for Telepathic.
“That’s been a blessing,” Logan said.
“She still has a lot of maturing to do but she did strengthen up with that little bit of extra time.”
Telepathic is currently available at 2014 Rough Habit Plate odds of $4.20; with Gai Waterhouse-trained Pheidon still a narrow favourite in the betting market for the Group 1 event.
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