Warrnambool mare Tralee Rose will be aimed at feature staying races after her runaway seven lengths victory in the Bagot Handicap which was the biggest win in that race this century.
Symon Wilde said he hadn’t trained a horse with the staying capabilities of the lightly raced mare and he wasn’t surprised by how she handled her first assignment at 2800 metres in the Group Three race.
“I’ve never seen one with a tank like hers. She’ll stay all day,” Wilde said.
“I think in springtime we’re going to see a really good horse.”
Wilde said he would aim Tralee Rose at either the Adelaide Cup in March or the Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington in May.
“She’s only going to get better. She’s still a bit of a developing mare,” he said.
Her jockey Craig Williams positioned Tralee Rose in third placing and always had the race under control.
Williams was impressed by the win and said there would be exciting times ahead for the Wilde stable with her.
“At the moment the line has a very big peak on it and she’ s not near the top of that, too,” Williams said.
“Symon Wilde and his team are very realistic and don’t put expectations on the horse and just letting the horse race into her form.”
Traleee Rose ($2.80 fav) defeated Sin To Win by seven lengths with Saint Eustace ($13) 1 1/4 lengths away third.
Flemington trainer Saab Hasan is also making plans for a major race after his sprinter Sirius Suspect took out the Group 3 Standish Handicap.
Hasan is going to target the Group One Newmarket Handicap after Sirius Suspect took his record down the straight since he joined his stable to six runs for three firsts, a second, a third and a fourth.
Hasan believes Sirius Suspect’s jockey Jamie Kah has been able to unlock his potential. Kah has now had two rides on him for wins at his past two starts.
The win gave Hasan his second win at Group 3 level in his career.
Hasan paid tribute to Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s manager Darren Dance who sent Sirius Suspect to him after his previous trainer Darren Weir was disqualified for four years.
“No other syndicator wanted to give us a go because we weren’t big enough or good enough. He’s seen outside the square and given me a go,” Hasan said.
Sirius Suspect ($2.90) defeated Albumin ($31) by 1 1/4 lengths with Defiant Dancer ($4.20) a short head away third.