Trainer Symon Wilde believes Tralee Rose is “special” and the impressive stayer showed exactly why with a stunning display to claim the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.
Wilde’s daughter of Tavistock toyed with her rivals to confirm her status as the horse to beat in next month’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup
Jockey Jason Holder was able to take several long looks over the shoulder in the straight as Tralee Rose ($1.65 fav) coasted clear to score by a comfortable 3½-lengths from the Peter Gelagotis-trained Long Arm ($3.10).
Shane Oxlade’s Eperdument ($31) was a further 2½-lengths back in third.
The Group 3 triumph was Tralee Rose’s first and came on the back of a seven-length success in the Listed Bagot Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
Symon Wilde will target the Adelaide Cup with Tralee Rose. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“We thought she might be something a little bit special especially after the Bagot,” Wilde said. “She is a lovely developing staying horse and Ellen who looks after her does a wonderful job.
“She hasn’t hardly left her side but I thought I better come over (to South Australia) to make sure everything went well and it did.”
Tralee Rose has lost just once in her past six starts this preparation, finishing runner-up to Miyake at Flemington back on December 12.
The four-year-old mare has bounced back with aplomb since then when scoring by big margins in both the Bagot and Lord Reims.
“I think the tempo was against her in the race (she got beat) but she was seven weeks between runs today,” Wilde said. “She has just got the biggest tank you have ever seen.
“She is a wonderful work horse, has a beautiful action and the last bit of work (her rider) had the biggest smile on her face.
“She said this horse is as good as she has ever felt her. I don’t know where she will get to but at this stage I think we will be coming back for the Adelaide Cup.”
The Adelaide Cup takes centre stage on Monday, March 8 at Morphettville.
Wilde confirmed he would take Tralee Rose back to his Warrnambool to before travelling back across the border to contest the Group 2.
“She will go home and we will keep her in her own environment and probably do the same as this time,” he said.
Meanwhile, apprentice Sophie Logan escaped serious injury after coming unstuck when falling from Call Me Dexter in the Terry Howe Printing Benchmark 64 Handicap (1200m).
Logan was stood down for the remainder of the card but was able to get back to her feet after the fall.
Holder, Todd Pannell and Jess Eaton all rode doubles at the meeting.
Originally published asRose blossoming nicely into Cup contender
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