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Atlantic Jewel First-Up For Classy Sagaronne
Highly promising Queensland filly Sagaronne (Real Saga-Lasoron, by Oarsman) will launch her VRC Oaks campaign in Saturday's Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The daughter of Real Saga, who races in the red and yellow colours of Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, announced herself as a potential top-class racehorse in the winter when winning the Listed The Phoenix over 1350m before a fast-finishing second behind classy colt Press Statement in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Doomben in June. Although she trialled well when second behind Rudy at the Gold Coast on 11 August, trainer Toby Edmonds said Sagaronne will not be seen at her best until she steps out over further. "What happens Saturday is nearly irrelevant because she's going to be getting over journeys a lot further than 1200 metres," Edmonds told Racenet. "It's just a kick-off point basically and I wanted to give her a look at the Valley because she'll run in the Vase in the lead-up to the Oaks." The Gr1 VRC Oaks (2500m) will be run at Flemington on Thursday, 5 November.