Trainer Stephen Marsh has unveiled a bold Spring Carnival campaign path for rising four-year-old Sofia Rosa, set to begin in the 2016 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 27th.
Sofia Rosa has been something of an enigma through a short but impressive racing career so far; capable of a lacklustre performance but also brilliance, and was last seen at the races delivering a smart field a comfortable defeat in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on Day 2 of The Championships in April.
Thrilled with the benefit taken by the mare in her time away from competition, Marsh told Racing Victoria the filly will trial in New Zealand before flying to Australia for the 2016 Memsie Stakes, and will be set for a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in mid-October.
“Without doubt she’s strengthened up, she’s still got a little bit of furnishing to do but she looks a lot better than what she did in the autumn” Marsh said.
“I think she’s going to run a boomer in the Memsie over 1400m. She’s not dour at all and has good turn-of-foot.
“She won her maiden first up over 1200m this time last year and she won first up last preparation at Ellerslie over 1300m.
“She’ll trial at Ellerslie on Tuesday the 9th of August then she’ll fly to Melbourne where she’ll stay at Russel Cameron’s at Flemington and she’ll run fresh in the Memsie Stakes.
“Obviously there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge but all going well, she’ll then go to the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and the Caulfield Cup.
“She’ll have one trial and three runs going into the Caulfield Cup all going to plan. They’re all Group 1s so if we could win one it would be great but definitely the Caulfield Cup is her main target at this stage.”
Sofia Rosa made her first appearance in Australia during the 2015 edition of the Spring Carnival, but failed to make much of an impression in running midfield in each of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
Resuming this year for success in the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, Sofia Rose repeated the dose in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) before running second in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) on March 19th.
Sofia Rosa is currently available at early 2016 Caulfield Cup odds of $26 with Ladbrokes.com.au.