Kiwi ride makes great strides
heated with fellow three-year-old filly Best Case.
After stewards had become involved in analysing the photo print, however, Best Case was declared the winner.
‘‘Winning that race on Saturday is a little bit of justice, I still think it should have been declared a dead-heat,’’ said John Reily.
That 1600-metre race was originally intended as Kirramosa’s final lead-up to the VRC Oaks but she had thrived to such an extent in the meantime, her trainer felt she had to have another start.
‘‘The race took nothing out of her and now I have to say I’m pleased I changed my mind.’’
As a result of that change of tack, none of John’s fellow owners were on hand to share in the occasion.
A full complement is expected in town for the Oaks, however, with Kirramosa the favourite to add her name to the list of eight fillies that have completed the big double in the past 20 years.
‘‘Come Thursday we’ll be there with bells on and win or lose it’s going to be a fantastic experience,’’ said John Reily.
Racing ahead: The John Sargent-trained filly Kirramosa, who won the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on Saturday and is the favourite to add the A$1 million VRC Oaks.