After missing the autumn due to injury, Sydney’s John Sargent is looking forward to the spring return of his 2014 Caulfield – Melbourne Cups hope Kirramosa.
It’s been a lengthy let-up for the Alamosa filly who hasn’t been seen since her narrow victory over Zanbagh in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Autumn plans for the $830,000 earner who also won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) last prep, making her the 36th filly to complete the Wakeful – VRC Oaks double were put on hold after a bone chip in her fetlock was discovered in late December.
The problem required surgery and a lengthy stint in rehab.
She’s been recovering since and Sargent welcomed her back into work a month ago.
“She would have had three-to-four months in the paddock, you can only leave them so long, and she’s a lot stronger now,” he said.
“We’re just building her up slowly. She’s doing some swimming and pacework, a bit of everything really.”
He is confident then she can make a big spring comeback the same way dual Cox Plate hero So You Think did back in 2009-10.
The son of High Chaparral won Australasia’s weight-for-age championship for the first time in 2009 before an Emirates Stakes second during their three-year-old season.
They were then sidelined for 10 months before returning in August of 2010 for a stunning preparation that included five straight wins.
Among those were four Group 1 victories and a second Cox Plate, and a third in the Melbourne Cup to French raider Americain in their last run down under.
While not suggesting Kirramosa is of the same caliber of $6 million earner So You Think, Sargent does see a number of comparisons he’s drawing strength from ahead of her return to racing.
“This happened to So You Think, he missed the autumn of his three-year-old and went down to Melbourne and did everything at the next carnival,” Sargent told Racing Victoria.
“Hopefully she can (too). Dreams are free and you’ve got to live for them otherwise life’s hard…especially when you’re a horse trainer.”
After a couple of runs at home in Sydney to ease her back in, Sargent is looking at kicking off her Cups campaign in earnest in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 13 where she would be out to continue a nice association with Victoria’s premier track.
“I’ll probably maybe get her up to a trial here (in Sydney) and then give her 10 days in the paddock and just potter around until the real action starts for the spring,” he said.
“She’ll probably have a run or two here first and then aim down for the Cups.
“It’ll probably be a 1200 and a 1400 and then we’ll go down there over ground.”
Leading up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival Sargent could then sneak in one final Flemington lead-up for her in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 4.
That would give her two week’s into the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and then her grand final aim in the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 4.
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Kirramosa meanwhile is the $15 second pick in the Caulfield Cup odds and is a $26 chance in Melbourne Cup betting.
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