Draw works out for Tralee Rose
The Symon Wilde-trained Tralee Rose has been handed a favourable draw for the Group 2 Adelaide Cup with her set to break from barrier five for Monday's feature at Morphettville.
The four-year-old mare pulverised her opposition in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes last month, building on her previous seven-length success in the Listed Bagot Handicap.
With her preparation going well and the draw to her liking, Wilde believes she is in the perfect position to notch another success.
"She always seems to draw well, we couldn't be happier with that," Wilde told Racing SA. "Drawing a few off the fence and not too wide is ideal. We'll just try and keep her happy and do the same as we did before the Lord Reims."
A field of 17 is set to tackle one of Australia's oldest races and among her opposition is Darvin, who goes into the race in good form having won over 3000 metres on his last two starts at Sandown and Moonee Valley.
"It's not the strongest Adelaide Cup field that I've seen and, apart from Tralee Rose, they look an even bunch," said Darvin's trainer Matthew Williams. "She looks as though she's got a good turn of foot, but my bloke will run the trip. Getting back on a bigger track will help him."
Darwin has drawn barrier seven, while Long Arm, who chased Tralee Rose home in the Lord Reims Stakes, will break from the extreme outside gate of 17.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Starcaster drew perfectly in gate three, while Mosh Music, the last-start Listed Roy Higgins Quality winner, came up with gate 15. Her stablemate Barade has drawn well in gate six.
Tralee Rose is 1.80 to win on Monday, with Darvin 15.00.
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