Queensland Oaks winner Scarlett Lady is set to start a late summer program when she resumes racing in New Zealand on Monday.
Scarlett Lady, who hasn’t raced since September last year when unplaced in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, will run in the $45,000 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at the Wairarapa meeting at Tauherenikau.
The Savabeel mare’s Spring Carnival was cut short last year when she pulled up sore after the Underwood. She was sent back to New Zealand to have bone chips removed and then sent for a spell.
Before she went to Melbourne for the Spring, Scarlett Lady had a long list of wins against her name and a major Carnival win looked to be at her begging.
Scarlett Lady arrived in Queensland for the winter with four wins under her belt and she created a huge impression in winning her first start in Queensland.
Ridden by New Zealand’s top apprentice James McDonald, Scarlett Lady stormed home to take out the Group 3 Hidden Dragon The Roses (2020m) for three year old fillies at Doomben then went on to trounce her rivals in the Group 1 Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm.
Trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson have given Scarlett Lady two barrier trials for her return to racing and are pleased with her progress.
Debbie Rogerson said the 1600m of Monday’s race might be a bit short for her but they had to kick her off somewhere and will decide what lies ahead for her.
“It could be that we give her a light campaign and then spell her again before Melbourne in the spring,” Debbie said.
“But we will know more after the run. That race and a trip away from home will show us a great deal.”
Sydneysiders might get a chance to see Scarlett Lady late in the Autumn if the Rogersons decide to take her there after a couple of runs in New Zealand.