Trainer Symon Wilde is excited about what the future holds for emerging stayer Tralee Rose but is wary to declare the odds-on commodity in Saturday’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.
Wilde’s Victorian raider is rated the red-hot $1.65 favourite to make it back-to-back stakes victories to start 2021 in Adelaide’s feature event.
It comes after Tralee Rose produced a career-best performance at her last visit to the races with a stunning seven-length romp in the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
The dominance of that victory even came as a surprise to Wilde, who was expecting his mare to win but not in such commanding fashion.
Tralee Rose runs away with the Bagot Handicap at Flemington. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
He’s now hoping that form holds up as his mare looks to repeat the dose seven-weeks later across the border in Adelaide.
“She’s done well since her last start in the Bagot and this looks to be an achievable race again,” Wilde said.
“We thought she would win (the Bagot) but it didn't look to be a vintage edition of the race when we went back and did the form. Still it was a surprise to win by seven lengths. If you win any race by seven lengths it‘s a good effort.
“She got no weight in that race and had the perfect run and this looks to be a similar race where she gets in well at the weights and with the draw so she should run well.”
Jockey Jason Holder pilots Tralee Rose from barrier four in the $122,250 feature.
Saturday’s performance in the Lord Reims will likely determine if Wilde pushes onto the Group 2 Adelaide Cup when the Group 2 over 3200m is staged on Monday, March 8.
Symon Wilde trains Tralee Rose. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Tralee Rose also holds a nomination for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 10 where she is rated a $26 chance with bookies.
However, Wilde is keen to give his talented daughter of Tavistock a well-earned break before the spring as he looks to push for stakes honours again later in the year.
“We have always said that the coming spring would be her time to shine,” Wilde said.
“When we bought her she was quite cheap and we have given her some time but she has got a motor. Probably the most exciting part is where we can get with her.
“She is the testing material and if she can win on Saturday her rating will be at a stage where we can pick our targets.”
Tralee Rose sits at $34 in Melbourne Cup betting.
Originally published asBlossoming Tralee Rose ready to raise the stakes
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