Wroclaw Set for Improvement in 2014 Twilight Glow Stakes

After a credible fourth in a black type on Melbourne Cup Day, Adelaide-trained filly Wroclaw will be looking to return to the winner’s stall when she races again in the Twilight Glow Stakes 2014 at Sandown Racecourse this weekend.

Mark Zahra

Mark Zahra has picked up the ride on 2015 Schweppes Oaks hopeful Wroclaw in Sandown’s Twilight Glow Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Prepared at Morphettville by young horseman Lloyd Kennewell, the three-year-old daughter of Big Brown is one of 13 original nominations for the $120,000 Listed Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

It will be her sixth career start and Wroclaw will be chasing her second win after breaking her maiden status two back with a narrow victory in a three-year-old maiden’s race over 1200m at Balaklava.

She was twice tested in stakes company to kick off her career in April running second and third respectively in her opening two career starts in the autumn at home.

Last time out she travelled interstate for the first time and ran at Flemington on Cup Day, November 4, finishing three lengths away fourth to Hijack Hussy in the Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m).

That was also her first look at further than 1400m and having handled herself well according to Kennewell, who liked the way she finished off after a slow pace forced her up near the front, he’ll give her another shot over it on Zipping Classic Day.

“She was exposed a long way from home and I actually didn’t want to see her that close so far from home,” Kennewell told RSN.

“He (jockey Zac Purton) didn’t have much option. They went slow early.

“I think she ran 33.8 for her last 600 and 22.7 for her last 400. At the furlong, she was there to run seventh, eighth or ninth but she just missed third.”

The Hong Kong-based Purton will be replaced in the Twilight Glow Stakes by Mark Zahra.

Kennewell has also been in white-hot form this season enjoying a winning double at Morphettville last Saturday to clean up with an additional $10,000 bonus for winning races at four successive Adelaide meetings.

He also toyed with the idea of taking Wroclaw to Perth for a shot at next weekend’s lucrative $400,000 Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) but opted instead for the Sandown showdown not wanting to overtax her with a mile run just yet.

“She won’t go,” Kennewell confirmed on Tuesday.

“We didn’t want to overtax her this campaign and I think she is a nice filly with a good future.

“Being by Big Brown she should be getting better with age and distance next preparation.

“I would be hoping that we could stretch her out to a 2000 metre (Australasian) Oaks prep in South Australia.”

The $400,000 Group 1 Australasian Schweppes Oaks (2000m) runs in late April and was won this autumn by May’s Dream.

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