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Alaskan Rose Puts Gr1 Credentials On the Line
Impressive debut winner Alaskan Rose will be out to prove her Thousand Guineas credentials when she contests the benchmark 78 Montague Tree Handicap (1400m) for 3YO fillies at Caulfield on Saturday. Trainer Mike Moroney confirmed the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on 10 October was the primary spring target for the Encosta de Lago filly following her brilliant 4.5-length win in a 1300m maiden at Sandown two weeks ago. Moroney has described Alaskan Rose as the best 3YO filly in his stable and is hoping she can continue on her winning way when she has her first look at the Caulfield track on Saturday. "She was very impressive," Moroney said of Alaskan Rose's debut performance. "This will be her first look around Caulfield and more than likely she'll go into the Guineas Prelude after this. So we'll give her a couple of looks at Caulfield before the Thousand Guineas." He added: "She showed that good turn of foot that the good ones show. I just hope that things stay in place and she keeps improving." Raced in the blue and gold lightning bolt silks of prominent owner Rupert Legh, Alaskan Rose is out the Redoute's Choice mare Saskia, a daughter of Gr2 Wakeful Stakes winner Quays and a granddaughter of Gr1 Flight Stakes winner Pontal Lass.