2015 Melbourne Cup on the Agenda for Kirramosa

August 18th, 2015

Group 1 winner Kirramosa returned to racing for a credible fifth in the Fairfield RSL Club BM90 (1200m) over the weekend, and John Sargent is confident the way the mare savaged the line points towards a standout Spring Campaign geared towards the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

John Sargent will set Kirramosa for the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

John Sargent will set Kirramosa for the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Kirramosa has posted four wins and a minor through 13 career starts so far; undoubtedly finding career-best form to date through a 2013 Spring Carnival campaign highlighted by success in the featured Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) in November.

Having not been seen at the races for close to a year after suffering a pedal bone fracture in the lead-up to the recent Autumn Carnival, Sargent was thrilled with the Alamosa mare’s first-up run over the weekend and is confident she is in line for a glittering 2015 Melbourne Cup campaign.

“Very pleasing to see her hit the line as she did,” Sargent told Racenet.

“She had been working strongly and I thought she trialled great but you still want to see them do it on race day.

“She’s come through Saturday in great order.

“The Mona Lisa is her next target at this stage with the long term goal being the Cups.”

Beginning her racing career aboard in New Zealand, Kirramosa won the Fire N Ice Refrigeration Maiden (1200m) on debut before running on for a credible fourth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni in late March.

Arriving in Australia that spring for fourth in a Canterbury sprint over 1200m, the mare out of Freyja progressed to fourth in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) on September 28th; taking out the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) most notably prior to the Crown Oaks.

Returning last spring for sixth in each of the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m), Kirramosa appeared to be on track for further success at the highest level when placing fifth in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m), but failed to fire and finishing eleventh in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) in October.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2015 Melbourne Cup odds, for which Japanese raider Fame Game remains outright $11 favourite ahead of Hartnell and Mongolian Khan; tied on the second line at $17 quotes.