Rising Romance Likely To Progress To The BMW

Talented mare Rising Romance is set to back-up in the 2015 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, despite being found with a sore hoof on Sunday morning.

Rising Romance was beaten by Scratchy Bottom in the 2015 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Rising Romance was beaten by Scratchy Bottom in the 2015 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Rising Romance was well-backed in the lead-up to the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend and she looked like the winner at the 250 metre mark, but she tired late to finish second behind Scratchy Bottom.

Logan was initially very disappointed with the Epona Stakes defeat of Rising Romance, but she told AAP that she has since discovered a minor hoof issue with the Australian Oaks winner that may explain her lackluster performance.

The leading New Zealand trainer said that she would know more in the next 24 hours, but she remains confident that the Ekraar mare will be passed fit to contest the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) this weekend.

“She has a poultice on it and we will know more tomorrow but if it is a stone bruise the sooner you get on top of these things the better,” Logan said.

“As long as she is OK she will definitely run in the BMW.

“They both licked their bins out which is a great sign.”

Rising Romance finished second in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in New Zealand as a three-year-old before she made her Australian racing debut with a fast-finishing fourth behind Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens in April of last year and she turned-the-tables on her rival a fortnight later in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

The talented mare was set for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and started her campaign with credible performances in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) before she almost stole the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield on October 18.

Rising Romance was sent to the spelling paddock following her sixth place finish in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day and she returned to racing in New Zealand with a win at Ellerslie on February 14 and she was narrowly denied by Sakhee’s Soldier in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at the same venue on March 7.

The 2015 The BMW nominations will be released this morning and the likes of Protectionist, Red Cadeaux, Who Shot Thebarman, Lucia Valentina, Hartnell and Extra Zero.

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