SMELL THE ROSES
Apr 20, 2015
Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography.
True Roses, having her first start for team Meagher after being transferred from Melbourne to Queensland, showed great fight to win the Statewide Taxation Services Maiden over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast.
From her good barrier, apprentice jockey Sairyn Fawke was able to settle her just behind the pace for most of the journey, before moving forward along the rail turning for home. From there trouble struck, as although traveling extremely well she was boxed in for about 300m before Fawke was able to secure an inside run as the leader drifted out under pressure. On seeing daylight, she surged to the line to win by a short, but impressive margin.
"On form you would have said she could not win today and that was reflected in her starting price. But her work, especially over the past week, has been excellent and with a good barrier we felt she would run very well today and she did. The 1000m was probably a little short for her and she will be much better suited over a little longer. Thanks to Grant Morgans from Ontrack Thoroughbreds, for giving us the opportunity to train her and we are certainly glad to have been able to turn her Melbourne form around." Commented Dan Meagher
"I thought, oh dear this is going to be a certainty beaten half way down the straight, as Sairyn was trying to get around the heels of the leader, but just could not get through. Thankfully the leader shifted out and he was quick enough to change back to the rail and from then on I knew she would get up. It was an excellent ride and a good win by the filly. In hindsight, if she had been able to get out earlier I am sure she would have won by much further, as she traveled so well throughout and was doing it so easy, but with nowhere to go in the run home." Comment Chris Meagher
John Meagher was also pleased with the result. "The last few months have been pretty quiet for us and we have not had that many runners, as we have had to adjust our training to fit in with the redevelopment of Eagle Farm. Also all the recent rain has not helped our cause that much. So for this filly to win today was a real boost to the stable and reflects the hard work put in by Dan, Chris and the rest of the staff. We have quite a few horses coming back to racing over the next little while so we are hopeful of more winners in the short term."