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A possible first-up run in Melbourne’s Oakleigh Plate 2015 is looming for the Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained filly Eloping who has returned to work in good order ahead of the autumn.
The three-year-old daughter of Choisir will run first-up either in Sydney’s Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on February 14 or be saved a fortnight later and thrown straight into the deep end with a run in the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 28.
“She’s just come back into work today,” Widdison told Racing Victoria on Monday.
“She comes to handy pretty quickly so we’ll get a good guide as to how she’s going.
“She looks really good. She’s put on a bit of weight for her, her coat looks good and she looks like she’s rounded out a little bit.”
The former star juvenile has twice been tested in elite level company before when seventh to Mossfun in this year’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill and then sixth to Brazen Beau in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.
Widdison was especially impressed with her Coolmore run during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November where, from barrier 12 of 16, she ran a tough race and narrowly missed a spot in the minor placings.
Between the two Group 1 runs Eloping has enjoyed a host of good runs including two Group 3 wins.
The first was in the Royal Randwick Stakes in April and then at Moonee Valley in September’s Champagne Stakes.
Winner too of the Blue Sapphire Stakes one run before the Coolmore, the progressive filly was last seen running under half a length away second to Onemorezeta in the Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) on Emirates Stakes Day, November 6.
“Her run in the Coolmore was really good and then back up less than a week later and run like she did with 59kg was a great effort,” Widdison said.
She’s been working well since returning to the Whittlesea-based stables of her trainers, Widdison confident Eloping can enjoy more black-type wins and strong Group 1 runs over the next 12 months.
“She just keeps amazing you, you’d think after her two-year-old preparation she’d be lucky to come back but she never missed a beat and just keeps performing,” he said.
“She’s just so tough and is so easy to train.”
Long term Widdison and Morgan are eyeing a trip to Adelaide for a shot at Morphettville’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in April.
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