Speak Fondly Capable of 2015 Golden Rose Success

September 10th, 2015

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy is lamenting his inability to partner Speak Fondly in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens, but remains confident the talented filly remains the horse to beat.

Speak Fondly will leave from barrier 4 in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

Speak Fondly will leave from barrier 4 in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

Speak Fondly returned to the paddock after failing to fire and eleventh in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21st, but has continued to cut towards favouritism in 2015 Golden Rose markets after taking out each of the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) upon resuming this time.

Having previously thought the 1400m of the 2015 Golden Rose may be a little out of reach of the Northern Meteor filly, McEvoy told The Daily Telegraph he is disappointed he won’t be at Rosehill for the 2015 Golden Rose but is confident she will run a competitive race.

“This is another step up but she is a big, strong girl and had been beating the fillies easily,” McEvoy said.

“Initially I was wary of 1400m but with a couple of runs under her belt she should run it out no problems.

“Obviously I’m disappointed not to be on her in such a big race but I had already taken rides at Flemington because the Golden Rose wasn’t originally on Speak Fondly’s program.

“If she can do the quick back-up I’m sure she will run a really competitive race.”

Speak Fondly stamped her claims as a filly to watch when debuting for third in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on October 4th last year, and continued to impressive when returning in autumn for second in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and success in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) prior to her ill-fated Golden Slipper performance.

Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Speak Fondly has been confirmed to be partnered by notable Hong Kong-based hoop Brett Prebble in the Golden Rose.

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