Exciting four-year-old mare Sandrine could now be pitched against Group 1 company after her impressive win in the $50,000 Royal Descent Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Co-trainer Debbie Rogerson knew she was running the Rating 77 mare out of her class in the Open 1600m event but wanted to see if she could measure up in that grade before confirming future plans.
Despite not being entirely happy on the heavy track, Sandrine finished strongly down the outside of the track to score a half length win in the hands of Cameron Lammas.
“She was really hard and fit which helped as she wasn’t happy in the ground but she won well,” Rogerson said.
“We thought if she went well today we would look at Te Aroha and try her in the big one there.”
That race is the weight-for-age Group 1 $200,000 Te Aroha Breeders Stakes (1600m) on April 6 and Rogerson said she is unsure whether the mare will have another run before then.
Saturday’s Ellerslie race was run in pouring rain and jockey Cameron Lammas said Sandrine wasn’t happy in the conditions and won on sheer ability.
“She wasn’t travelling that good until I came out wide in the straight and then she really found plenty,” Lammas said.
Sandrine, a four-year-old by Savabeel out of the Anabaa mare Klarissa, has now recorded four wins and three seconds from 10 starts for successful Waikato owner-breeder Joan Egan.