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A number of horses that found success during the spring carnival amped up their autumn campaigns with jumpouts and barrier trials this morning, including Rising Romance.
The Donna & Dean Logan-trained mare enjoyed two runner-up finishes back in October, in both the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m). Rising Romance was very fast out of gate 14 to cross the field and lead the $3 million race field. The mare kept on pinching inside runs when others got off the fence and made her way to the front around the bend. She went for home and was only run down by Admire Rakti in the last few strides.
Rising Romance ended her spring with a midfield finish in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on November 1 but got her first taste this morning in a trial at Avondale.
She was untroubled to win her 1200 metre heat under apprentice jockey Lee Magorrian and the 20-year-old will partner the mare again when she resumes at Ellerslie in two weeks times.
“It was a lovely trial and it was good for Lee to get a feel for the mare, he will ride her and claim when she runs at Ellerslie on the 14th in an open race over 1500 metres,” Logan told NZ Racing Desk.
“The mare pulled up well after the trial and wandered off as though it was just another track gallop. Her heart rate was really good and I’m thrilled with the way she’s coming up.”
Rising Romance will remain in New Zealand until March with the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) on March 7 her final hometown start. The mare will then travel to Sydney for The Championships, where she’ll look to run in the Group 1 BMW (2400m) on April 4 – her ideal distance.
Any plans after the 2015 BMW remain in the planning stages, although Logan isn’t against taking Rising Romance north to Brisbane for her first winter carnival.
“We’ll look at the BMW, that’s an ideal distance, and see what she does and we may even have a go at the Sydney Cup,” Logan said.
“I’m not ruling anything out, I want to see how she runs in her first two starts and we’ll be leaving all the options open.
“At this stage I haven’t even ruled out a trip to Brisbane after Sydney.”
With the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m), and $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) all potential races over the ideal distance for Rising Romance, the Brisbane Winter Carnival could be very lucrative for the mare.
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