Perignon Primed for 2015 Tea Rose Stakes

September 15th, 2015

Gerald Ryan has been thrilled with the results posted and form displayed by Perignon through her short racing career so far, and is confident the classy three-year-old is ready to return to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s 2015 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.

Perignon is primed for success in Saturday's Tea Rose Stakes. Photo:  Steve Hart

Perignon is primed for success in Saturday’s Tea Rose Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Perignon was a strong and consistent performer for Ryan through an impressive five start debut preparation, and returned this time for a credible second behind in-form filly Speak Fondly in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 5th.

While yet to post a race win at black type level, Ryan told AAP the fillies’ recent form coupled with her two second place finishes behind Speak Fondly suggest a return to winning form in the 2015 Tea Rose Stakes.

“Her first run back behind Speak Fondly in the Furious was great and she came through the race in terrific order,” Ryan said.

“I couldn’t be happier with her and the 1400 metres will suit.”

Perignon made a competitive debut to racing when fourth in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (1100m) on December 18th; progressing to success in a talent-rich Canterbury minor over 1200m before placing fifth in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m).

Placing seventh in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 7th, the Snitzel filly returned to the paddock after placing second in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) only one week later.

Ryan has also revealed stakes winner Fireworks will contest the 2015 Tea Rose Stakes and is hopeful the Randwick surface will present as good.

“The distance won’t be a problem for Fireworks but I would like to see her on a better track,” Ryan said.

Saluting in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) most notably through autumn, Fireworks returned this time for fifth in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m); progressing to fifth in the Furious Stakes last time out.

The 2015 Tea Rose Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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