Rose back for Winter
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.’’