Melbourne Cup date for Realm Of Flowers
Realm Of Flowers is heading to the Melbourne Cup after a decisive win in Saturday's Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes.
The four-year-old is 17.00 for November's showpiece after triumphing over 2800 metres at Flemington.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained filly broke through for her first win in 12 months on Saturday, having not tasted success since winning the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic at Morphettville last year.
She's very genuine and she loves these long trips.Anthony Freedman
Ridden by Mark Zahra, Realm Of Flowers raced to a four-and-three-quarter-length win from Grand Promenade, with the favourite Miami Bound a further one-and-a-half lengths away in third.
Realm Of Flowers came back from a Sydney campaign where she finished second in consecutive races before an unlucky fifth in the Sydney Cup at Randwick.
Anthony Freedman said it was ten days ago that it was decided to push ahead in a bid to secure a berth in the Melbourne Cup.
While most Melbourne Cup contenders are enjoying a winter break, Freedman said Realm Of Flowers would remain in some form of training before her spring campaign commences in earnest in July.
"She didn't impress us early but she's incredibly tough, she's very genuine and she loves these long trips," Freedman said.
"The Sydney Cup was the target but it just didn't work out. She's not a mare that you can clutter up like she was in that race.
"She's a mare that needs to get out and wind up and I think had she done that she'd have been right in the finish."