A standout performer over her maiden Australian tilt through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, trainer Donna Logan is confident resuming mare Rising Romance will take plenty of benefit from this weekend’s Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Arguably one of New Zealand’s leading stayers currently in rotation, Rising Romance has not been seen at the races since displaying an impressive turn of foot to win the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) by a length on Day 2 of The Championships.
Included in nominations for both the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in October, Logan said she is expecting a strong first-up performance from the Ekraar mare in the Tramway Handicap, but is expecting her to find peak condition two or three races into her Spring Racing Carnival.
“We took her home and she had a good spell,” Logan told RSN.
“We brought her in and we brought her up slowly.
“She has really matured up, put on a lot of weight and has thickened tremendously.
“She will definitely need it and she will take a lot of progression from this run.
“She is probably going to need two runs to be getting close to her best.”
Allocated the relatively wide and awkward barrier 9 for her racing resumption, Logan said she is confident Rising Romance is a far-better horse than that which took out the Australian Oaks just three months ago.
“We all know how they change dramatically with time, but to me she is showing me signs that she is a better horse than she was when she won the Oaks,” Logan said.
“If she gets back tomorrow and runs home tomorrow then I will be very pleased.”
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