Ivory Pegasus set to blaze
By Russell Jackson
Ivory Pegasus will have the right conditions to bring out her blazing finish on Saturday when she takes on the Epsom favourites in the Shannon Stakes.
The Group Two Shannon (1500m) at Rosehill features $5.50 Epsom Handicap favourite O’Lonhro and second elect Rangirangdoo ($6.50).
Ivory Pegasus, who is trained on the NSW South Coast by Robert Price, is at $26 for the Epsom (1600m) at Randwick on October 3.
Rosehill track manager Lindsay Murphy rated the surface a good three on Thursday and despite the forecast of showers, he expects the same rating for raceday.
Ivory Pegasus comes into the Shannon after a half length second to Moti on the tight Wyong circuit in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) on September 4.
"It was a shame it rained the day before, the dead track took that brilliance off that speed she has at the back end of a race," Price said.
"When she’s on top of the ground she lets down a lot more brilliantly and she looks like getting those conditions on Saturday.
"She’s pulled up good from the run and showed us that she probably needed the run the other day too."
Jim Cassidy takes over on Ivory Pegasus from the suspended Corey Brown.
Brown was hit with a double ban for breaches of the whip rules during his rides on Wyong Cup runner-up Lodge The Deeds and on Ivory Pegasus in the Mona Lisa.
"There’s no tricks to her, it’s just about a quiet ride and letting her go in the run home," Price said.
O’Lonhro, Rangirangdoo and Ivory Pegasus are all on 52kg for the Epsom.
But Ivory Pegasus has a slight weight advantage over the pair on Saturday.
Cassidy has been given permission by stewards to ride Ivory Pegasus a kilogram over if he needs to meaning she will carry 53kg, one less than Rangirangdoo and two less than O’Lonhro.
Prior to the Mona Lisa, Ivory Pegasus stormed home with Brown aboard to beat Don’t Tell Pat by a neck at Randwick over 1200 metres on August 22.
In April, Ivory Pegasus was fourth to Purple in the Group One Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) on a heavy track at Rosehill when ridden by Grant Buckley.
By Fusaichi Pegasus, the mare is out of Red Ivory who was trained by Price to win the 1999 Australia Day Cup and Frank Underwood Stakes.
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