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Wildflower tuning up for Queensland campaign

  • Tue, 15 May 2018
  • Dennis Ryan
Wildlfower is set to trial today ahead of her first Queensland carnival start next week.

Wildlfower is set to trial today ahead of her first Queensland carnival start next week.

Matamata trainers Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker will get the first insight to their Queensland carnival prospects when last-start Auckland Cup placegetter Wildflower trials in Brisbane today.

Wildflower accompanied her Railway Stakes-winning stablemate Volpe Veloce to Brisbane last week and is scheduled to open her campaign in the Gr. 3 Chairman’s Handicap over 2200 metres at Doomben on Saturday week. Volpe Veloce will line up on the same programme in the Gr. 1 Kingsford Smith Cup.

In her first public appearance six weeks after finishing third in the Auckland Cup, Wildflower won a 1200-metre trial at Te Teko on April 24 and another hitout today at Deagon is expected to tighten her up further ahead of next week’s return to raceday competition.

“She had a let-up after the Auckland Cup but she still has a lot residual fitness which will stand to her,” Graham Richardson told www.theinformant.co.nz. “Gavin has been taking care of things over there and he’s very happy with how both mares have settled in.

“Beyond next week’s first-up run we’re not certain where Wildflower will run next, but there are a few options to choose from. The first-up run that Volpe Veloce had at Te Rapa has set her up nicely for Doomben next week, she should be spot-on for that.”

Volpe Veloce finished second under 60kg to Love Affair over 1200 metres at Te Rapa on April 28 and will step up to 1350 metres for the weight-for-age Kingsford Smith Cup, in which she is likely to meet last Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 winner English and star Sydney sprinter Redzel.