Tralee Rose winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
If there was ever a horse bred to return to Flemington one day and take on a much bigger race it’s Tralee Rose, who opened Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday with a victory and maybe a glimpse into the future.
Tralee Rose, who was purchased by trainer Symon Wilde and his father Bill for $50,000 as a yearling, has an impeccable staying pedigree and Wilde feels she is showing signs she has the performance to match.
“I think she’s got a really bright future,” Wilde said after the race.
“I think the further she goes the better she’s going to get.
“She was a really late maturing horse, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to, I think.”
Tralee Rose is by star Kiwi sire Tavistock out of a Zabeel mare Star Of Tralee, who’s half sister is the VRC and ATC Oaks winner Serenade Rose. On top of that, she was bred by Cambridge Stud’s Sir Patrick Hogan.
The win over 1700 metres of Tralee Rose at just her sixth start was hardly unexpected though as she was coming off a 4.3 length maiden win on her home track at Warrnambool.
She ran a $4.20 and had a length margin over Godolphin mare Tragic ($7.50) wih Ocean’s Thirteen ($7.50) a length and a quarter away third.
“For her to do that over 1700 metres today was fantastic,” Wilde continued. “She got a really good ride from Kerrin (McEvoy), he made good use of that gate (two).
‘She took a little while to get into gear at the top of the straight. She’s green still but I’m really excited to see where she can land.”
For McEvoy, it was his 49th career win over the Flemington carnival and the victory helped recouped some of the $50,000 he was fined for excessive use of the whip on runner-up Tiger Moth in Tuesday’s Lexus Melbourne Cup.
“She was nice and fresh going to the gates so I thought she was feeling really well,” McEvoy said.
“That’s how she races. She popped out and travelled nicely for me. There was a tiny bit of a flat spot but I like way she picked up for me in the last furlong-and-a-half.”
McEvoy said he was more than happy with the slow5 rating of the track.
“They’re getting their toe into it nice. It’s going to ride nice and fair, I think. A little bit of juice is going to help it for the day.”