Short-priced favourite Tralee Rose (NZ) (by Tavistock) re-enforced her claims on this year’s Melbourne Cup with a dour staying effort to land the $400,000, Group 3, Geelong Cup (2400m) on Wednesday’s feature race program staged in Victoria under an accomplished ride by under-rated jockey Dean Holland.
Sent to post a 6/4 favourite, Tralee Rose (NZ) received the run of the race in a very truly run contest and even received a salon passage up the inside of the leader when mounting her final challenge heading into the final turn of the highly regarded Melbourne Cup lead-up.
Despite being headed by eventual runner-up Dr Drill (GB) (by Dansili) on a couple of occasions in the straight, it was Tralee Rose (NZ) who did best at the end of an entertaining battle to score by half-a-length.
Hasta La War (by Declaration of War (USA)) did best of the rest to finish a well beaten third, while Amadae (Ire) made late progress from well back in the field to take fourth.
Tralee Rose (NZ) gets up close to home to land teh Gelong Cup, picture Racing Photos
Trained at Warrnambool by Symon Wilde, Tralee Rose (NZ) has 51kg in the Melbourne Cup and sat in 22nd position in the order of entry even before today’s success. However, Wilde said that he was happy to have given the mare an opportunity to run in the Geelong Cup and believed it was the perfect lead-up for her into the first Tuesday of November.
“We were grappling on whether to run or not and I’m glad we did,” Wilde observed. “I think it will top her off beautifully and I think she is getting stronger. As that race was going late I think she had the other horse’s measure, so very exciting, very pleasing. I’m thrilled for all of my team at home.
“So, onwards and upwards. It’s just brilliant.”
Dean Holland remarked in part after his winning ride: “It’s just good to get an opportunity on a horse like this … To be honest, I thought I was beat at the 200, but geez she was tough… So, really good effort, and really looking forward to riding her in the Cup.”
Holland also closed by stating: “The hardest part of my job was pulling her up. Good sign going into the Melbourne Cup.”
Tralee Rose (NZ) scored by half-a-length, with two-and-three-quarter lengths separating Dr Drill (GB) in second and Hasta La War in third.
Winning time was a very smart 2m27.04s.
SPs on the race were Tralee Rose (NZ) $2.60 favourite, Dr Drill (GB) $21.00, and Hasta La War $5.00.
Tralee Rose is raced by S W Wilde, R W Gamble, Mrs S J Gamble, B W Casanelia, C J Cooke, P A Fitzgerald, P P R C Racing (Mgr: P M Perez), J R Parish, D Costa, M A Schirmer, J M Maclean, D J M Maclean, Mrs A J Maclean, M Sheahan, I C McKinnon, T G Casanelia, J Fitzgerald & Power Strike (Mgr: D Arnel) and has now won six of her 15 starts for $744,725 in prizemoney.