Trainer John Sargent is confident that Kirramosa has the talent to contest the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but he revealed that the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) is another possibility for the talented filly if she fails to reproduce her staying form this campaign.
Sargent confirmed last month that the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 and the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 4 would be the major spring goals for Kirramosa, but the Sydney-based trainer has the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 4 as a back-up plan in for the daughter of Alamosa, depending on how she starts her preparation.
“I think she is a genuine stayer for the Cups, but sometimes they don’t take that step as four-year-olds,” Sargent told AAP.
“She will start off in the Missile Stakes and step up in distance from there.
“The Epsom Handicap over 1600 metres could also be an option.”
The 2014 Spring Racing Carnival preparations for Kirramosa were ramped up on Saturday when she took part in an exhibition gallop between races at Randwick.
Kirramosa galloped over 800 metres in her first public appearance since she took out the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2400m) last year and leading jockey Tommy Berry said that he was happy with the effort of the rising four-year-old.
“She pulled up like she hadn’t been around,” Berry said.
“She is in great order.”
Kirramosa made her racing debut in New Zealand in 2013 and won a maiden, which included Puccini and Miss Mossman, at Matamata before making her Group 1 debut with a fourth place finish in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.
She made her Australian racing debut with an unlucky fourth place finish in the Become An ATC Sponsor Handicap (1200m) at Canterbury on August 21 last year and took out a 1200 metre event at Newcastle on September 18 before finishing fourth in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 18.
Kirramosa was narrowly denied a win in the City Tatts Inglis Bonus Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October, but stamped herself as the favourite for the Crown Oaks with a strong staying effort in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
The talented filly started the Crown Oaks at a short price and she was challenged by both Zanbagh and Solicit, but outstayed her rivals in the final stages of the race to score a tough win.
Kirramosa is currently on the second line of the 2014 Caulfield Cup betting market at Ladbrokes Australia and is available at a quote of $15.