Trainer Gary Moore is confident that Bacarella is in the right condition to return to winning form in Saturday’s Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Bacarella has more than stamped herself as a filly to follow through a short but impressive racing career so far, and has returned to competition this time in particularly slick form.
Running on for second behind Omei Sword in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) first-up on August 20th, the Beneteau filly again took a position on pace in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) last time out on September 3rd and was unlucky to be run down by Foxplay in the dying stages of the race and finished second.
Moore told AAP that the filly has only taken benefit from her two runs this time in, and is happy with her condition leading into the Tea Rose Stakes 2016.
“She deserves this on Saturday,” Moore said.
“She’s got a lot more muscle on her since the Furious and she’s gone very well in her work on Tuesday morning.
“If you look back on her trials as a two-year-old, a few times she missed the start and she was held up and she showed a good change of gear.
“She could easily lead but I’d like to see her ridden off the speed if that presents itself.
“I think what we’ve got to see is if she gets a good ride by Tim Clark on Saturday to see if she can go further.
“Omei Sword is a very good filly and she’s the likely favourite for the Flight Stakes.
“She beat me very easily so it would be pretty hard to take her on again.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to her racing debut, Bacaralla didn’t show a lot initially when she beat only one runner home in the Peter Svendsen Maiden (1100m) on February 22nd, but broke through for a maiden race win in the Press Statement @ Vinery Maiden (1100m) on June 22nd.
The 2016 Tea Rose Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today (Wednesday September 14th).
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