2016 Golden Rose Stakes Still an Option for Omei Sword

August 31st, 2016

Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) remains an option for an impressive first-up winner Omei Sword.

Omei Sword may yet contest the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Omei Sword may yet contest the 2016 Golden Rose Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Omei Sword stamped herself as a filly to follow through a smart debut campaign in autumn, but had clearly taken plenty of benefit from her time in the paddock when returning to competition for a near-four length win in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight ago.

Revealing that both the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Furious Stakes (1400m) could figure as the next competitive point of call ahead of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on October 1st, Waller said that he is yet to rule out a run in the Golden Rose Stakes 2016 on Saturday week.

“We’re still deciding whether she goes straight to the Tea Rose, the Golden Rose or runs this Saturday so I would say it’s probably a 33 percent chance at the moment,” Waller told Racenet.

“There’s various reasons but the Flight Stakes is the perfect race for her this spring and we have to ask ourselves – are we jeopardising her chances by running her in the Golden Rose?

“Or do we take the chance that she is good enough to beat the boys in the Golden Rose?”

Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Omei Sword immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow with a smart run for success in the Peter Svendsen Maiden (1100m) on February 24th.

Rated only some chance of success in her black type debut in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) second-up on March 12th, the High Chaparral filly mustered a strong turn of foot in the final straight at Rosehill to finish a close second behind Calliope.

Having returned to the paddock after finishing ninth in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Omei Sword never appeared in doubt on her way to success in the Silver Shadow Stakes first-up.

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