Trainer Simon Miller is disappointed to miss out on a start in the 2014 Railway Stakes with Miss Rose De Lago, but believes that she will prove difficult to beat in the Listed Carbine Club Of WA Stakes (1400m) at Ascot tomorrow.
Miss Ross De Lago was included in the acceptances for the Railway Stakes, but currently sits as the third emergency and is extremely unlikely to earn a place in the field for the Group 1 event.
The Encosta De Lago mare stamped herself as a horse to watch when she took out the Group 3 Western Australian Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) and finished second in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) during the 2013 Perth Summer Racing Carnival before she was far from disgraced in three race starts during the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.
Miss Rose De Lago returned to the races with a second place finish in the Irish Day Handicap (1200m) at Belmont Park on September 27 and returned to winning form in the Touch Handicap (1300m) on October 11, but she missed out on securing a berth in the Railway Stakes after finishing second in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 18 and sixth in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) at the same venue on November 15.
Miller told Racing Ahead this morning that Miss Rose De Lago has had no luck throughout her summer campaign and is not happy that she will not receive a chance to record a maiden Group 1 win in the Railway Stakes, but still believes that the Carbine Club Of WA Stakes is a nice race for the four-year-old.
“It has just been a disastrous campaign for her, I feel sorry for her,” Miller said.
“Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and she had to run one, two last Saturday to qualify and she stood in the gates and missed the kick.
“She went to the fence and overraced with the blinkers back on and it started ugly and ended ugly.
“It was a nonevent for her, but unfortunately I don’t think that she will get a run.
“I would have just loved to get in the Railway because her greatest asset is her high cruising speed and it would have been nice just to do that with The Cleaner in front of you so you get a bit of cover, but not taking away her asset.
“It would have made for a really good race, but the Carbine Club is still a nice race for her.
“She is in the Carbine Club which is a good race for her as well, but one is $100,000 and one is $1 million, so you know which one you would want to be in.”
Miss Rose De Lago is currently available at 2014 Carbine Club Of WA Stakes odds of $5 and is priced at $26 to take out the Railway Stakes.