Chinchilla Rose on target in Melbourne
Trainer Steele Ryan can see positive signs Chinchilla Rose has taken the right steps in Melbourne ahead of her goal of Group One glory this spring.
Chinchilla Rose came up short for champion Sydney apprentice Peter Wells in her comeback when she beat only one runner home in a 1000-metre Open Handicap won by Arinos at Flemington on September 28.
Ryan had not originally scheduled the race on Chinchilla Rose’s program before he changed his mind, preferring a race hitout instead of a barrier trial at Bendigo where she is being trained.
“I thought the float trip into Melbourne and starting her at Flemington was a better option in the long run than just a barrier trial at Bendigo,” Ryan said.
“I was a bit disappointed she didn’t finish a couple of lengths closer but her campaign has been a bit rushed because of the lateness of the Brisbane winter carnival.
“She had a jumpout over 800 metres at Bendigo yesterday and she’s improved.
“In another run or two she’ll be at her top and she’ll be right for the start of the Flemington carnival.”
Wells has Sydney commitments on Saturday and is unable to ride Chinchilla Rose in the Listed Le Tan Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield enabling Brad Rawiller to partner her for the first time.
Chinchilla Rose will be aimed at the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington on November 8 if she progresses well through her early spring engagements.
However, Ryan has also pencilled in the 1200m Patinack Farm Classic on the same day should the grey show she can’t cope with the extra distance.
Chinchilla Rose is likely to have her next run after the Le Tan Stakes in the Group Two Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 25 before the Group Three Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day on November 1.
The Lion Hunter mare is yet to win at the elite level but is a dual Group Two winner of the Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in March and QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm in May. A full sister to successful iskander.com stallion Ferocity, who stands at Oaklands Stud in QLD, Chinchilla Rose will improve on her broodmare credentials should she obtain Group 1 status.
Ryan said the Chatham Stakes would be the crucial race to determine if Chinchilla Rose runs in the Emirates.
“We’re hoping to run her in the Emirates but the Group Three race on Derby Day will tell us if she’s ready to go to the mile, otherwise we’ll drop her back in distance,” Ryan said.
Ryan has eight other horses in Melbourne with Chinchilla Rose including Feisty Manner who will be ridden by Jamie Mott in Saturday’s Harold Fashions Plate (1200m).
Feisty Manner went to Melbourne with one win in six starts before scoring a decisive win in restricted company over 1109m at Seymour on September 27.
The three-year-old, who is being aimed at the Sandown Guineas (1600m), travelled wide throughout when 10th, beaten six lengths by Adelaide filly Augusta Proud in the Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in March.
By Glenn Davis