It may be winter but punters could gain an insight into a potential spring player when exciting filly White Sage chases a third straight win at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Reset filly takes on a host of more experienced three-year-olds in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1200m) but the bookies aren’t taking any chances, installing the talented youngster as a $2.70 favourite.
Trainer John O’Shea has been hesitant to speculate on spring plans for White Sage but she has created plenty of buzz in the racing world in two starts to date.
On debut at Kembla Grange last month the speedy grey put her rivals away by seven lengths before heading to the city to win by five lengths at Randwick on June 10.
Experienced rider Nash Rawiller was aboard for the Randwick triumph and he was left impressed by the filly’s maturity early in her career.
“You’ve only got to win by five, she would have won by 10 if I went earlier. It was a very impressive win,” Rawiller said.
Some typical winter rain is expected to see Saturday’s meeting run on a rain-affected surface but that shouldn’t worry the emerging galloper who showed her versatility when handling a slow track with ease at Randwick.
In a testatment to White Sage’s obvious ability, the horse that finished seven lengths second behind her at Kembla – Such A Princess – has since won at Canterbury. Also franking the formline was Amarachi who backed up her well-beaten third behind the star filly at Randwick to win at Canterbury on Wednesday.
White Sage’s attempt to keep her unbeaten record alive is one of the highlights on a nine-race Rosehill program which is headed by the Listed Winter Cup (2400m).
The Winter Cup will feature a competitive field of stayers including last-start winners Destiny’s Kiss and Peal Of Bells and defending champion Reuben Percival.