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Alaskan Rose Blooms On Debut

Thursday, 13th August 2015

Trainer Mike Moroney produced what he described as the best 3YO filly in his stable when Alaskan Rose won on debut at Sandown yesterday. The daughter of Encosta de Lago, who was purchased by Paul Moroney for NZ$150,000 at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Westbury Stud, proved a class above her rivals when strolling to an easy 4.5-length victory in The Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap over 1300m. Moroney said Alaskan Rose, who races in the blue and gold lightning bolt silks of prominent owner Rupert Legh, would be aimed at the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in the spring. "She's been pretty professional the whole way through. We'll start planning now but the Thousand Guineas looks the right way to head all going well," Moroney said. "When we bought her at the sales she was slightly offset in front so we gave her some time for her knees mainly...we educated her as a late two-year-old and saw enough then to know that we really liked her so we put her away for the spring." He added: "Paul though she was the best filly in the sale so he came and grabbed me and by the time I saw her I agreed with him. She's out of a Redoute's Choice daughter of Quays and the next dam is Pontal Lass so it's a very good filly family." The Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) will be run at Caulfield on 10 October.

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