The Mike Moroney trained Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse (NZ) takes another step on her path to either two Oaks wins, or the Doncaster Mile, on Saturday with Moroney ‘more than likely’ opting to run the filly in the $150,000, listed, Illawarra Mercury Keith F Nolan Classic (1800m) at Rosehill.
Moroney had dual accepted with Brazilian Pulse in both the Keith F Nolan Classic, which has been transferred from the abandoned Kembla Grange meeting last Sunday to be race three on the nine race Rosehill programme, and the Group 2, Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m).
After acceptances on Wednesday it was apparent that Brazilian Pulse had been dealt a heavy task in the Ajax Stakes with 56.5kg allocated to run against the older horses, while even with top weight of 58kg in the Keith F Nolan Classic she was racing against her own sex and age group.
The filly received barrier 11 in the Ajax Stakes and she has barrier five in the Keith F Nolan Classic. Leading Victorian jockey Craig Williams continues his association with the filly.
“We will wait a little bit longer but we will more than likely opt for the 1800m as long as the weather stays our way as I am just a bit concerned about her second up if the track is rain effected, so we will just keep an eye on the weather a bit,” said Moroney.
“The barriers have not really made a difference; it is just the weather that is the key to it. It is starting to dry out pretty quickly so that is why we are leaning to the 1800m.
“It is also that with the weights we are well above weight-for-age, and for a filly who has only raced against her own age and sex , with only seven runs, it is a little bit hard to see why she is carrying so much above weight-for-age in a race like that,” he said over the Ajax Stakes weight.
Moroney said that the result of the Keith F Nolan Classic will set the course for the filly either towards the $500,000, Group 1, Patinack Farm AJC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on Emirates Doncaster Day, April 16th, or to the rich $2m, Group 1, Emirates Doncaster Mile (1600m) itself.
“Probably the obvious track would be to back up the following week in the 2000m (Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes) and then to the Oaks, but she is still in the Doncaster so we will make a decision after this run as to which way we head,” he said.
Brazilian Pulse won the Crown Oaks over 2500m at Flemington on November 4th and then spelled before commencing her autumn campaign with a second in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on March 12th.
The latest weather forecast for Sydney is for fine weather through Thursday and into Friday with a ‘possible afternoon shower’ and 25c for Friday. Saturday is predicted to have a ‘shower or two clearing later’ with 23c.
The Rosehill track is currently rated, as at Thursday morning, as a Slow (7).
Brazilian Pulse and Craig Williams winning the Group 1 Crown Oaks at Flemington, picture Quentin Lang, quentinjlang.com.