Steely re­solve

Rose back for Win­ter

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 2 - By GLENN DAVIS

TAL­ENTED sprinter Chinchilla Rose is back in the care of Bris­bane trainer Steele Ryan who be­lieves she is on track for a big win­ter car­ni­val.

The three-year-old had a stint in Vic­to­ria dur­ing the spring and missed the equine in­fluenza (EI) out­break which hit NSW and Queens­land in Au­gust.

The filly gal­loped be­tween races at Doomben on Satur­day with sea­soned sprinter Hard To Catch who just edged her out in a 1000m work­out reel­ing off the fi­nal 600 me­tres in 33.33 sec­onds.

Chinchilla Rose won two races for Ryan as a two-year-old in­clud­ing the Group Three Sweet Em­brace Stakes (1200m) at Rand­wick last March which earned her a tilt at the Group One Golden Slip­per Stakes (1200m) at Rose­hill.

How­ever, the daugh­ter of Lion Hunter could man­age only sev­enth to Foren­sics in the Slip­per af­ter be­ing forced to travel back from a wide bar­rier.

Chinchilla Rose was then trans­ferred to Mel­bourne trainer Danny O’Brien but she failed to win in five Mel­bourne ap­pear­ances.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in her first run forO’Brien in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in Au­gust, Chinchilla Rose failed three times at Group Three level be­fore end­ing her cam­paign when sev­enth to Week­end Hus­sler in the Group One As­cot Vale Stakes (1200m) at Flem­ing­ton last Novem­ber.

Ryan says Chinchilla Rose is likely to make her come­back at Ea­gle Farm on Satur­day week be­fore the Listed Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on March 15.

I thought Dan did a good job with her in Mel­bourne and she should have won her first two races for him down there,’’ Ryan said.

I said when she was a two-year-old last sea­son she could have got 1600 me­tres then.’’

I’m not sure what she’ll run in yet but I’m pos­i­tive she wants more ground and we might aim for some of the longer races in the win­ter be­fore com­ing back in dis­tance for the Win­ter Stakes at the end of the car­ni­val.’’

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