Securing several impressive results over a typically polished campaign through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Donna Logan has revealed talented mare Rising Romance is back in work ahead of a 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival which may include an appearance in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).
Claiming four wins and a further five minor places from just 15 appearances at the races so far, Rising Romance finished fourth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up on September 6th, and while disappointing when seventh in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), finished a close second to Moriarty in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) before placing second to Admire Rakti in the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th.
Having closed her campaign with a competitive sixth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on November 1st. Logan told Sky Racing HQ the Ekraar mare has returned to her stables in great condition and is confident of a return to the winner’s circle through the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.
“She has done exceptionally well,” Logan said.
“She looks a million dollars and she is happy to be back in work, she doesn’t like to be idle long.
“Some horses relish the paddock and enjoy the time out, while others again prefer to be back in work and they do so much better in work than out of work.
“We are fortunate that she does well in both situations and I am very pleased with how she has done.
“She only had the five races in the spring and it didn’t take too much out of her, so she was able to bounce back very quickly.”
Yet to settle on a specific path through the 2015 Autumn Carnival, Logan said both the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) and Ranvet Stakes appear ideal targets at this stage.
“We are just looking forward now to the autumn coming up,” Logan said.
“There is The BMW there, there is the Ranvet there, there are so many options.
“We are just contemplating whether we keep her here in New Zealand or go back to Sydney where she settles in well and loves the situation.
“Being a bit older and stronger I think that she might perform better at 2000, but in my heart and soul I think she loves the 2400 and that is her ideal trip.
“We know how many races it will take to peak and we will look at it very carefully, study the situation very tentatively and make that decision.”
Announcing herself as a serious racing contender over autumn this year, Rising Romance ran a close second to Puccini in both the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) before crossing to Australia for fourth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and an impressive victory in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 19th.