After winning her first trial on Australian soil, it’s onwards and upwards for Miss Sentimental in her ambitious campaign aimed at the Melbourne Cup.
Racing under her Australian moniker of Miss Sentimental, Racing Manger Albert Bosma is buoyed about her prospects. “There’s a slight change to her name but no change to the plan. After such a strong start winning the trial, she will run fresh up in Australia in the Weight For Age Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. It’s pretty exciting. She has drawn nicely in barrier 6 and should get a good run from there with Tim Clark in the saddle. The track looks like being a Good 4 and while she is very adept on wetter tracks, she handles good tracks fine and it is a good starting point for her. We will be looking for her to be doing her best work late in the race, which will set her up for longer assignments in the coming weeks.”
Trainer Chris Waller was pleased with how she came through her trial and her rider reports that her trackwork is good and she feels great, loose-limbed and is moving well. She has thrived since arriving in Sydney and continued to muscle up as she has gets fitter for her season resumption.
The rest of her campaign has been well thought out. Second up, she is likely to compete in the $160,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes over 2000 metres at Randwick on the 19th of September. She has two potential options as a lead in to the Caulfield Cup – the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on the 3rd of October over 2000 metres, or the $750,000 Group 1 Metropolitan at Royal Randwick over 2400 metres on the same day.
Which of these races Chris targets her for will depend on form and also with how she sits in the ratings leading into the Caulfield Cup.