A nice draw and win on debut last time out has Flemington-based trainer Michael Moroney confident his 2015 Thousand Guineas nominated filly Alaskan Rose can win again in her next assignment at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
The nicely bred three-year-old of Alaskan Rose made a late debut on August 12 at Sandown-Hillside over 1300m and caught the eye with an impressive four and a half-length victory to kick off her career.
Now she runs again looking to keep her flawless record intact with a Memsie Stakes Day victory on Saturday in Caulfield Race 2 (12:55pm) – the $80,000 Montague Tree Handicap (1400m), which is a rise up from Benchmark 64 to 78 class.
One of 10 three-year-old fillies accepted to face off in the clash, Alaskan Rose is drawn ideally in barrier two with Steven Arnold retaining the ride where Moroney hopes she can get away well from the gates after being a little tardy in her first run.
She won carrying 58.5kg last time out and this weekend will carry half a kilo less with the weights topped by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Giulietta (59kg), a nice alley also helping her chances.
“She didn’t step that well, but it was her first start. Steve (Arnold) decided to take luck out of the equation and go forward,” Moroney told Racenet on Friday.
“He drew wide so he was able to do that. Tomorrow from barrier two will be different and it does look a nice race for her.
“She has always shown us good ability and been a professional filly here at home but she’s going to have to step away a bit better than she did first-up and hopefully she will.”
In the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au Alaskan Rose is the firming $2.10 favourite having opened at $3.10 before being heavily backed early by the punters in an otherwise open field of chances.
If all goes well on Saturday, Moroney will continue to target a tougher Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival assignment with his progressive filly.
She is currently nominated for both the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day, October 10, as well as the $750,000 Group 1 Caulfield Classic (2000m) back at the track the following weekend.
Pre-field Thousand Guineas odds at Ladbrokes have Alaskan Rose installed as one of the early fancies paying $15, an equal price with the Phillip Stokes-trained Miss Gunpowder who ran third in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) a fortnight ago and Waterhouse’s last start Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes winner from last Saturday Speak Fondly.
“At Sandown she was still a bit backward in the coat, but she’s started to improve that way and her work’s been nice in between,” Moroney said.
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