Yet to appear on track in 2014 after chipping a bone in her fetlock over summer, trainer John Sargent has outlined the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on October 4th as a possible target for Kirramosa during the Spring Racing Carnival, on her way to likely appearances in both the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
A standout performer over the 2013 Australian racing calendar, Kirramosa quickly found her rhythm over spring; finishing second in the City Tatts Inglis Bonus 3.y.o (1600m) on October 19th before claiming back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) most notably.
Underlining the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups as likely targets when winning the Crown Oaks, Sargent said the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) on August 9 figures as an ideal starting point for the Alamosa mare this spring, with the Epsom Handicap likely to figure as her first tilt at a Group 1 event.
“I think she is a genuine stayer for the Cups, but sometimes they don’t take that step as four-year-olds,” Sargent told AAP.
“She will start off in the Missile Stakes and step up in distance from there.
“The Epsom Handicap over 1600 metres could also be an option.”
Partnering the rising four-year-old to victory in the Wakeful Stakes last spring, in-form hoop Tommy Berry could not be more pleased with the gallop completed by Kirramosa last weekend, believing the exciting mare to be working like a runner never to have been injured.
“She pulled up like she hadn’t been around,” Berry said.
“She is in great order.”
Securing an impressive total of four wins and one minor places from just eight competitive starts, Kirramosa began her racing career in her native New Zealand through the 2013 autumn; winning the Fire N Ice Refrigeration Maiden (1200m) on debut before running on to finish fourth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.
With Kirramosa yet to appear in early betting markets for the 2014 Epsom Handicap, Messene and Weary currently share the top line for success on October 4th, available at generous odds of $9 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.