New Stakes Winner for Real Saga

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Real Saga kept his recent amazing run of stakes horses rolling along at Doomben on Saturday when 2YO filly Sagaronne (pictured, Dan Costello Racing) took out the $100,000 Listed Phoenix Stakes in impressive fashion to become his 3rd new black-type winner in just the last 8 weeks.

At only her 3rd race start the Toby Edmonds trained youngster went back from a wide gate to travel 3 deep with a trail before threading her way through the pack in the straight.

Spotting daylight at the 150-metre mark, Sagaronne really knuckled down strongly to win running right through the line and put a spring in the step of her trainer and owners (Segenhoe Stud).

“She is a big, raw filly but has always shown us plenty right from the first time we ever threw a saddle over her,” Edmonds said after the race. “Providing she comes through the run well she will back up in 7 days into the ($600,000 G1) JJ Atkins.”

After her G1 assignment next week, the Real Saga filly will head to the spelling paddocks with a long term plan of competing in Victoria during the spring.

“We have always had a goal to set her for the VRC Oaks and that will be our target,” Toby added. “She gives every indication that the further they go the better she will be and I am also sure she will be an even better 3YO than she is a 2YO.

“She has loads of upside!”

As an impressive a victory as it was for Sagaronne, there is no question at all that the hard luck story of the race came from Rothesay’s youngster In His Stride.

The Rex Lipp prepared gelding, who finished 4th and was beaten only 1 length after climbing all over their backs for the final 250m, is described by his trainer as being “as tough as nails” and “possessing a mountain of talent”.

Rex will now sit down with the owners and decide whether to send him to the spelling paddock immediately or to give him a crack at the $100,000 Listed 1400m race at the Gold Coast on Tatts Tiara day (June 20th).

“There are pluses and minuses with both,” Lipp said. “However with our long term goal being next year’s 3YO Magic Millions Guineas ($2m run over 1400m), and the horse being right at the top of his game, it does make plenty of sense to keep him in work for another 3 weeks.”