2015 Epsom Handicap dream on the line at Rosehill Saturday
Sep 08, 2015
In-form mare Skyline Blush is likely to push her Epsom Handicap credentials in a feature race at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Anthony Cummings-trained four-year-old mare is a dual entry with a nomination in the Group III Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) and the Benchmark 80 Handicap (1800m).
Stable spokesman Edward Cummings said the lure of a start in a $1 million handicap could see the daughter of Northern Meteor given a chance to give her rating a boost in Saturday’s feature staying event ahead of the release of weights for the Epsom Handicap next week.
Skyline Blush has won five of seven starts this preparation including her latest dominant success in the La Gioconda Handicap (1600m) at Wyong on Cup day.
"She is racing well and continues to step up in grade,” Cummings said. "We still don’t think we’ve seen the best of her.
"She’s been very well placed this preparation and if she is going to be good enough for an Epsom, she will need to be good enough for this.
"We’ll pay up for both races on Saturday but in order to get where we’d like to go the Kingston Town is the preferred race.”
The Randwick-based operation has won six races from their last 12 starters and veteran galloper Aomen will be its other runner on Saturday in the Group II Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).
The eight-year-old son of Shamardal laid a solid foundation for his preparation when closing off strongly to finish 1-3/4 lengths behind Decision Time in the Group III Show County Quality (1200m) first-up. Jockey Glen Boss described the effort as "really good”.
"Closed off really strong late. If they find the right race for him he can win, he's just below the better ones,” Boss said after the race.
The nominations for Saturday’s quality handicap indicate the race is thin on "better ones” outside the likes of Amanpour, Famous Seamus, Messene, Ninth Legion and Winx.
"Had they gone a bit quicker in the Show County I think he would have been right in the finish", Cummings said.
"Howmuchdoyouloveme missed the kick and the race lacked the speed predicted."
"He (Aomen) has done well in between runs and we expect him to improve into Saturday."