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A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer John Sargent has revealed Kirramosa is primed for success first-up in this weekend’s featured Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Finishing fourth in the Become An ATC Sponsor 3.y.o (1200m) first-up on August 20 last year, Kirramosa continued to build in form and class on her way to fourth in the Listed Reginald Allen (1400m) and back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) most recently in November.
Having remained in the spelling paddock through the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival as a result of a chipped bone in her fetlock, Sargent told AAP the Alamosa mare could have returned for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m), but decided against the earlier run with a long view towards Melbourne majors in spring.
“The bone chip was nothing major and we could have given her medication and then gone on to the ATC Oaks,” Sargent said.
“But we decided to give her the time off and she is a much bigger and much stronger mare now.
“She was always a little bit weak but got through on her big heart and her class.”
While not contesting a barrier trial over the weeks leading up to the 2014 Missile Stakes like many of her likely opponents, Sargent said he is confident of a successful first-up race for the four-year-old regardless.
“It’s sometimes hard for horses to take their three-year-old staying form into their next season but I’m sure she is a genuine stayer,” Sargent said.
“Obviously the Missile will be a bit short but it is a good starting point and I expect her to be running on and to be strong to the line.
“She hasn’t had a trial but had a race day gallop and came through that really well.”
Securing an impressive total of four wins and one minor place from just eight competitive starts so far, Kirramosa staked her claims as one to watch from her maiden racing preparation in her native New Zealand through the 2013 autumn; winning the Fire N Ice Refrigeration Maiden (1200m) on debut before finishing a fighting fourth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
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