Yesterday’s Songs Targets Newmarket Handicap 2016

After a solid Flemington jumpout on Friday morning Yesterday’s Songs looks spot on to begin an autumn campaign targeting the 2016 Newmarket Handicap according to local horseman Michael Moroney.

Yesterday's Songs

Yesterday’s Songs is on track for an autumn campaign targeting Flemington’s 2016 Newmarket Handicap on March 12. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Moroney was pleased with the early season jumpouts of both one-time Thousand Guineas favourite Alaskan Rose along with his five-year-old Henrythenavigator gelding Yesterday’s Songs.

Three-year-old Encosta De Lago filly Alaskan Rose has won two of her four career runs to date saluting in her opening two starts before finishing well back in the field in both the Group 2 Tranquil Star Handicap (1400m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last spring.

Her latest run was a 10th when beating home just one other runner in the Thousand Guineas on October 10, the classic won by Stay With Me.

She made up nice ground late in her Friday hit-out with jockey Steven Arnold in the board after settling back early.

Moroney has an 1100m fillies race at Flemington on January 30 scheduled for her first-up run, but is hesitant to confirm bigger autumn targets until she shows form upon her return.

“We’re just going to take it one race at a time,” he told Racing Victoria.

“Her first two runs last preparation were very good and then she tapered off after that.

“After her last start in the Thousand Guineas she was scoped and found to have displaced her soft palate so that was the reason for her shocking run.

“We’ve added a tongue tie to try and stop her from doing that but it was a nervous thing so we’re hoping she can relax and start to show her true ability.”

As for Yesterday’s Songs, who Damien Oliver rode on Friday’s jumpout, Moroney is keen to target the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on ‘Super Saturday’ on March 12 with the four-time winner.

Yet to salute in black-type company, Yesterday’s Songs was third to Setinum in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last August before two more unplaced stakes runs at Flemington in September and October.

“He was in a pretty fast heat where they ran along and he was run off his feet but he made really good ground and was probably only half a length behind the winner on the line,” Moroney said.

“He’s a pretty hard horse to get a line on. His right distance is 1200m to 1400m I think and I think a race like the Newmarket, if he can get in with the right weight, might suit him.

“It’s usually won by a horse that can run a pretty solid 1200m.”

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