The Sportsman Weekend

MOKULUA CAN BREAK HER MAIDEN IN THE G2 TEA ROSE

- SHAYNE O’CASS

THE richest battlers in town – Clarry Conners and John Singleton – are back in the big time and it’s all thanks to pair’s last shared Group 1 winner, Dear Demi.

Racing’s larger than life duo had a choice between a Kensington maiden on Wednesday or tomorrow’s Group 2 ATC Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) with Dear Demi’s daughter Mokulua.

Dear Demi herself ran fourth in the Tea Rose in 2012 but unlike her daughter, she went into the third leg of the Princess Series off a win in Silver Shadow.

Despite the fact that Mokulua is yet to win a race, she has placed at all three of her starts behind the well-above average types in Conrad, Chill and most recently to the Magic Millions sale-topper, Profondo.

“I was keen to run her in the Tea Rose,” Conners said during week.

“I nominated and accepted with her at Kensington because I wanted to have a run this week to get her fit for the Flight Stakes.

“The Tea Rose is a nice race because it is for fillies only and I think she might be up to the good ones.

“She has been a little bit unlucky because she has met some good horses.”.

“First it was Kim Waugh’s horse Conrad, and it has won again since the other day.

“Profondo goes good and I thought Mokulua was a little bit unlucky to get beat by him because she got the front too early.

“They went too quick, They led by two lengths and the other horse that went with her early ran last.

“Mokulua got to the front too early and she said wow what do I do now when Profondo came, that’s she really fought on and it was only a matter of a short head.

“My plan is, if it happens, is to win the Oaks in Melbourne like her mother did.”

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