Siberian Rose expected to blossom on Sapphire Coast

Peter Wiggins has high hopes for Siberian Rose. Photo: Graham Tidy
Peter Wiggins has high hopes for Siberian Rose. Photo: Graham Tidy

Peter Wiggins has found it difficult to place his young stayer Siberian Rose, but is confident he has found an ideal race for her on Sunday.

Siberian Rose has raced in the country, the provincials, in Sydney and even in group company since she debuted 12 months ago. This erratic trend has been largely due to the difficulties in finding appropriate events for the three-year-old to contest.

"My placing hasn't been the best. I know what races she has been in, but it was just about getting her some runs," Wiggins said. "You can’t get them ready for long races without giving them some runs under their belt."

Races in the region greater than 2000 metres in distance are limited, and finding one suitable for an up-and-coming stayer such as Siberian Rose can be tricky, according to Wiggins.

"Some horses can't go a yard under 2000 [metres], and I think she might be one of those horses," he said. "There was a [Benchmark] 55 race over 2000 metres recently, but if I sent her there she would have carried 60-something kilos, which is too much.

"That's why I took her to Sydney, but she can't mix it with those six and seven-year-olds that have been racing longer than she has. Unfortunately, they don't have three-year-old filly races further than 2000 metres very often. Until the stayers get up past that 70 rating, they don't have many races for them."

The Canberra-based trainer has grabbed a rare opportunity at the Sapphire Coast on Sunday, with Siberian Rose set to tackle the feature Benchmark 65 Handicap (2200 metres).

The Moscow Ballet filly will be suited to the trip, having scored her two victories to date over similar distances to Sunday’s race.

With the respected Brendan Ward in the saddle, Wiggins believes Siberian Rose is well poised to add another win to her tally.

"It's the perfect race for her. I'd be disappointed if she didn't go well," he said. "She's an on-pacer, so she'll just settle second or third, or even lead, because that's her go. She doesn't like coming from too far behind."

This story Siberian Rose expected to blossom on Sapphire Coast first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.