Kembla based trainer Kerry Parker will now weigh up a possible tilt towards this year’s Sydney Cup following Aliyana Tilde’s strong performance to take out the $125,000, Group 3 TAB Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Despite having failed to salute beyond the mile in her two previous attempts, the daughter of Snitzel proved far too good when working home powerfully to edge out the Michael Kent trained Epingle right in the shadows of the post.
Aliyana Tilde and Corey Brown just keep out Epingle (NZ) and Craig Williams on the inside, picture Sportpix.com.au
“Her form past the mile is super without winning so it was good to get one up,” Parker said.
“When she came back last time she’d been knocked about by the Oaks and those tough runs she had (the preparation prior). We tipped her back out and were a little patient and it was good to see a reward today.”
Parker said he is unsure as to where he is likely to head with Aliyana Tilde but claims she is more than likely to line up in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick in two weeks.
“It gets a little hard exactly where we go from here with her,” Parker said.
Ridden patiently by Corey Brown, Aliyanna Tilde settled back off the speed and proved successful in living up to her eye - catching performance when finishing third in the Aspiration Quality last start.
Epingle (NZ) (Pins) and Craig Wiliams were second with Dolly Dolly (NZ) (Pentire) third, the margins a head and 3/4L.
The time was 1.55.85 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 35.68.
“The first time I rode her the other day at Warwick Farm she raced really cheekily. She was always going to improve once she got up to her right distance, there are definitely more wins in store for her,” Brown said.
While she is clearly not bred to be a classy stayer, Brown claims she is the total opposite of her father.
“She is as far opposite to Snitzel as what you could be. She is big, she is relaxed, takes lots of winding up where a normal Snitzel is hard and fast and very zippy,” Brown said.
Although admitting he was not overly confident in the lead up to the race, he was more than pleased as to how the race panned out.
“I was a little bit worried. On paper I didn’t think there was going to be enough speed,” Brown said.
“I wanted to jump out and take up a position around midfield or just behind.
“Everything went to plan. They didn’t go steady, they didn’t go real quick but I was happy.”
Aliyana Tilde, a four-year-old mare out of the Mister C mare Patronella, was winning for the third time and with five placings she has won stakes of $291,890 for C G Crockett, Mrs J R Crockett and Parker.
Photofinish picture ATC