Trainer Chris Waller is hoping that exciting mare Royal Descent can prove her dominant Australian Oaks (2400m) win was no fluke when she resumes in the Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Warwick Farm tomorrow.
Royal Descent has not been seen at the races since her incredible ten length victory over Group 1 winners Dear Demi and Gondokoro in the Australian Oaks on a heavy track at Randwick in April.
The impressive win stamped the Redoute’s Choice four-year-old as a leading contender for major races during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, especially the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but has been labeled by some racing experts as a fluke due to the poor condition of the track.
Waller is confident that Royal Descent can prove her doubters wrong during her spring campaign but believes she will need a little bit of luck to carry the top weight of 59kg to victory in the Toy Show Quality this weekend.
“We are looking forward to making sure that win wasn’t a fluke,” Waller told Racing Ahead.
“It was a very heavy track that day and she ploughed through the going to win as she liked.
“There is no reason to say that she can’t get back to that level and she has really done well during her time out.
“She has a big weight to carry tomorrow but hopefully that class will be there and she can finish the race strongly and win first-up.
“She is forward enough, you just need a bit of luck with that gate and if it is a sprint home with 59kg she won’t be able to win.
“She will need to working into it, not be held up and be at the top of her game.”
Royal Descent will need to defy recent history if she is going to have a successful spring campaign.
No Australian Oaks winner in the last twenty-five years has won their first up assignment when resuming next preparation while How Now in 1976 was the last winner of the race to be successful in the Caulfield Cup later in the year.