Chris Waller’s former Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent has won a Rosehill trial ahead of her first-up run at Royal Randwick in the Missile Stakes 2015 to kick off her Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign this weekend.
A winner of over $2.34 million in prize money the six-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice hasn’t been seen in the winners’ stall since she took out the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) as a three-year-old back in April of 2013.
Since then however Waller’s classy mare has continued to string together a host of Group 1 minor placings including her back-to-back thirds in the Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick at her two most recent runs this April.
She returns to racing at the same track on Saturday in the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), Waller having also nominated for his French import Weary in the weight-for-age feature.
Ahead of her first-up run Royal Descent trialled at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday morning in the opening heat and tuned up nicely for her resuming run with a one length win over stablemate Beaten Up over 1030m with Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
Waller trains all seven starters in the Group & Listed Trial including last year’s Victoria Derby winner Preferment (3rd) and his 2015 Melbourne Cup-bound stayer Grand Marshal (6th) who hasn’t raced since scoring an upset win in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles on April 11 during The Championships.
Also running first-up in the Missile Stakes off a strong Rosehill trial from this morning is the Team Hawkes-trained Messene.
Tommy Berry rode the Lonhro seven-year-old in the fourth hit-out of the morning, a Group Trial over 900m won by Waller’s Heart Testa ahead of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bounding.
Messene crossed three lengths back in third, a pleasing performance according to his hoop Berry who spoke to Sydney’s Sky Sports radio after the hit-out.
“He trialled really well. He did it pretty much on the bit,” Berry said.
“I love the way he really quickened up in the straight without me asking him to.
“It was only a soft trial because he does race Saturday.”
Last seen running a below par ninth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last September behind the since retired Dissident, Messene also resumed in the Missile Stakes last spring.
He finished runner-up behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea in the Sydney showdown 12 months ago, beaten a long neck in a performance Hawkes’ Racing hopes he can repeat a year on.
Waterhouse meanwhile will shoot for back-to-back Missile Stakes wins on the weekend with Liberty’s Choice, the five-year-old coming off a first-up fourth to Rugged Cross in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) in the wet from July 18, representing Tulloch Lodge.
The 2015 Missile Stakes field and barriers are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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