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Sargent Bullish About Kirramosa But Zanbagh Danger
Trainer John Sargent says he is happy with smart filly Kirramosa (Alamosa-Freyja, by Danske) heading into today's $1 million Gr1 VRC Oaks at Flemington, reports horseracing.com.au. Kirramosa is favourite for today's 3YO fillies classic after storming home for a most impressive win in last Saturday's Gr2 Wakeful Stakes, where she easily accounted for many of today's rivals. Sargent says Kirramosa came out of her Wakeful victory in excellent condition, and is expecting her to be right in the finish again today. "I am very happy with her and hopefully we can get her to the start tomorrow in the same form as Saturday," Sargent said. "She has always shown a bit of class and has been unlucky here a few times since she has been over at Randwick." He added: "If she steps to her Wakeful form, which is always very good form into the Oaks, she should be very hard to beat." If Kirramosa can win the Oaks, she will become Sargent's second Australian Gr1 winner after he won last year's Queensland Derby with Quintessential. Arguably the biggest danger to Kirramosa is the Guy Walter-trained Zanbagh (Bernardini-Wild Iris, by Spectrum). Bred by Ollie Tait and carrying the renowned red and white silks made famous by 13-time Gr1 winner Tie The Knot, the beautifully bred Zanbagh has the bloodlines to be a classic winner. By top-class galloper and Darley stallion Bernardini, Zanbagh is out of the richly talented Spectrum mare Wild Iris, winner of the 2004 AJC Australian Oaks. Admittedly, Zanbagh will be making a huge jump in class from a 0-64 rating race to a Gr1, but she has shown in her past few starts that she is a very progressive staying filly in the making. At her most recent outing she won decisively by 5-lengths at Ballarat over 2000m, where she appeared to be getting stronger, the longer the race went. She may lack the acceleration of some of her main rivals, such as Kirramosa and May's Dream, but she more than compensates for that with deep reserves of stamina.