Trainer Stephen Marsh is pleased with the building form of Group 1 winner Sofia Rosa as she prepares to return to competition in Saturday’s 2016 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Sofia Rosa has produced a number of smart efforts throughout her entire racing career so far; posting five wins and two minors through only ten starts, highlighted by an impressive win in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) most recently on April 9th.
Confident the mare has only improved since her last start win, Marsh told AAP that is expecting the Makfi mare to run out of her skin in the Memsie Stakes 2016 first-up.
“She hasn’t really turned in the coat yet but I think just the way she’s coming up she might go a little bit better than expected in the Memsie,” Marsh said.
“I certainly don’t expect her to win or anything like that but I do think she’ll be hitting the line as good as any, and I think she might just go that little bit sharper than what we probably thought originally.
“She’s not just a dour staying horse. She still has a good turn of foot and I think you might see that on Saturday.
“I also think she’s a lot more mature mentally which again she had to be, because she can be a bit temperamental”
Marsh has confirmed that the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) remains the major target for Sofia Rosa this time in.
“All going well and if she keeps progressing we’ll definitely have a crack at the Caulfield Cup,” Marsh said.
“We love bringing horses to Australia and it’s just great when you’ve got a horse up to it and worthy of having a crack against the best.”
Taking out the Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on January 1st, Sofia Rosa repeated the dose in the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) before finishing second in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) on March 19th.
The 2016 Memsie Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday (August 24th).
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