Trainer Mike Moroney was disappointed classy filly Alaskan Rose was unable to get clear running in The Vanity at Caulfield last weekend, and has confirmed the three-year-old will back up in this weekend’s Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) with a view towards Autumn Carnival targets.
Alaskan Rose jumped from the gates well in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and while settling in a good position in the small field from the outset, was cramped up rounding onto the final straight and completely blocked for a run.
Believing the filly requires a proper hit-out before stepping up to Group 1 company this time, Moroney told Racenet he is confident the 2016 Angus Armanasco Stakes figures as an ideal race for Alaskan Rose to find competitive form.
“It’s something I normally wouldn’t do,” Moroney said.
“Although she had a bit of a blow she didn’t have a hard run and the Caulfield race looks like it might fall away a bit.
“She didn’t look comfortable to me, cramped up along the rail, and the race might be a bit easier than it was last weekend.
“Like I said, she didn’t have a run at all, caught up along the inside and with her pedigree, if she can get some Group form it will obviously add to her value.
“Originally she had been going a bit hard in her races and we spent a bit of time teaching her to relax.
“That has worked a bit too well and combined with her bulking up condition wise I wouldn’t be averse to leading with her if she draws a gate.
“I’d like to try her at a mile again but we’ll get her through Caulfield first and work from there.”
Alaskan Rose has posted two wins through since career starts since first appearing on course competitively at the beginning of the 2015 Spring Carnival.
Taking out each of her first two starts, the daughter of Encosta De Lago is yet to make anything of an impact at black type level but is arguably offered her best chance of reversing her fortunes in the Angus Armanasco Stakes.
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