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Sagaronne To Benefit From Prelude Run
Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds has provided an update on exciting filly Sagaronne who is set to run in Saturday's Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield. 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. She then resumed with a luckless 11th behind Stay With Me in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley 19 days ago, when held up hopelessly on the fence for the entire straight. "She's done really well between runs. She's ticking over nicely," Edmonds told Shane Anderson when speaking on Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "We're looking forward to her running over the 1400m and then out to a mile. She went to Ballarat on Sunday for a jump-out with a couple of Robert Smerdon's horses. Her times were good and she had a good blow so that should tune her pretty good for Saturday." Edmonds said Sagaronne is likely to need the hit-out on Saturday as she continues to build towards her major spring targets, the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and VRC Oaks (2500m). "I think she will need the run. She is a big, gross filly. She actually put on a bit of weight prior to her gallop on Sunday so I've still got a bit [of weight] to rip off," he said. "Her two major races were always the Thousand Guineas, possibly the Wakeful, and then the Oaks, so we have programmed her whole prep around that." He added: "These shorter races are only a lead-up. We would expect her to reach her peak rating once she gets to a mile and further." Click here to view Caulfield fields for Saturday.