Popular filly Miracles Of Life returned to her home stable in Adelaide on Monday and trainer Daniel Clarken was delighted to discover that his star galloper had grown significantly during her time in the spelling paddock.
Miracles Of Life came from nowhere to win the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) for Clarken and mature apprentice jockey Lauren Stojakovic during the 2013 Melbourne Festival Of Racing but was unable to record a win in three race starts during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
The Not A Single Doubt filly was sent to the paddock after suffering an internal bleed when finishing seventh in the Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield and Clarken told Racing Ahead this morning that the three-year-old had clearly relished her time away from the stable.
“She is very tubby and she has enjoyed a little bit of time in the paddock,” Clarken said.
“I put her over the scales yesterday, she only came back Monday, and she was 500 kilos.
“She has certainly beefed right up and to the eye she has grown quiet dramatically.
“What you see now is a totally different horse to what you saw in the spring and I am really happy with the way that she has come back.
“She looks fantastic and very well in herself and I am looking forward to getting her back on the track.”
Clarken has not yet decided on what races he will target with Miracles Of Life during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival and will not make a decision until he sees what form the Blue Diamond Stakes winner has returned in but is hopeful that she may be able to step-up to 1400 metre events.
“We will probably have a look at her in the next couple of weeks and work out what we are going to do,” Clarken said.
“It would be nice to think that we could (step up in distance).
“I’ve always thought that she was probably a seven furlong horse so we will wait and see.”
Clarken admitted that he was disappointed with Miracles Of Life’s spring campaign but believes that the filly may have had an excuse in each of her defeats in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) and Blue Sapphire.
“Obviously her last one there was problem there and she had an internal bleed,” Clarken said.
“Maybe it is Moonee Valley; she had the run of the race to finish over the top of Thump and she couldn’t pick her up.
“She didn’t disgrace herself but she didn’t show that dynamic explosion that we know she has got.
“Maybe she was having a bit of a problem there as well.”