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Sagaronne To Need Further

Friday, 4th September 2015

Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds says he is not necessarily expecting a winning return from exciting Queensland filly Sagaronne (Real Saga-Lasoron, by Oarsman) when she opens her spring 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. Sagaronne's primary spring target is the Gr1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on Thursday, 5 November, hence Edmonds says he will be more than pleased if she is hitting the line strongly at the end of Saturday's unsuitable 1200m. "She's done well. She's spelled well here [Queensland] in the sunshine and she's come back pretty strong," Edmonds told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "She's certainly fit enough. She has the residual fitness from the winter carnival but the question is whether she is good enough at that journey [1200m]." He added: "But I'm not too concerned with what happens on tomorrow as long as she is running home ok I'll be happy." Edmonds says he is confident that Sagaronne will prove her staying ability once she steps up in trip. "Her mother later on was a good staying filly who won the Doomben Roses and this filly gives the impression that she can run a journey too," he said. After Saturday, Sagaronne will head towards the Gr1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield before contesting the Gr2 Vase at Moonee Valley as her final lead-up to the Oaks.

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