Top hoop Michael Rodd will chase his third Memsie Stakes win in four years when he partners in-form New Zealand expat Rising Romance in the Group 1 Caulfield classic this weekend.
Rodd took out the weight-for-age Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival feature back-to-back aboard Sincero (2012) and Atlantic Jewel (2013) before Ben Melham partnered the Peter Moody-trained Memsie winner last year Dissident (2014).
This Saturday Rodd has another winning chance of making it a hat-trick of wins in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) with Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig booking him for the ride on their recent stable acquisition Rising Romance.
Formerly prepared in New Zealand by Donna Logan, five-year-old Ekraar mare Rising Romance is now trained in Melbourne and is set to debut for her new trainers on Saturday in the Group 1.
A winner of five of her 18 starts, Rising Romance is best known for her Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) win at Randwick during last year’s autumn carnival.
She also raced competitively in Melbourne last spring catching the eye with a brave second, beaten under half a length by ill-fated Japanese raider Admire Rakti in the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Rising Romance has had just one win since her 2014 ATC Oaks success when taking out a 1500m handicap first-up in mid-February this year back home at Ellerslie.
She also ran in the Group 1 NZ Stakes (2000m) at that track at the start of March and was unlucky not to win crossing a nose off Sakhee’s Soldier.
Her latest start was at Rosehill on March 21 when runner-up to Scratchy Bottom in the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m) with James McDonald in the saddle.
This Saturday the Singapore-based Rodd jumps aboard the $1.48 million earner for the first time, and he is looking forward to the ride after she looked in top form during an 800m Flemington jumpout last Friday.
Rodd travels back to Victoria from Singapore for the Memsie Stakes Day meeting and along with his mount in the feature race, he has also picked up two other nice rides.
In the $150,000 Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m), run this year as the William Hill Sprint Series Heat 1, he partners Leon & Troy Corstens’ Shamardal mare Vezalay who comes off a 1100m win at the track from August 15, and is also engaged for Starspangledbanner colt Mr Individual who has just his second start in the $150,000 Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) after a win on debut at Bendigo in June.
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