Melbourne Cup hopeful Tralee Rose has recovered from minor knee surgery and is back in work as trainer Symon Wilde sets his sights high for the spring.
The dominant off-season performer, who ran fourth in the Adelaide Cup as a $1.85 favourite, is currently $41 for the Group One Melbourne Cup over 3200m.
Wilde is happy with how the daughter of Tavistock had returned as they build her fitness up towards the spring.
“We’re really happy with her, she’s come back in bigger and stronger, and I did always think she’d keep on improving,” Wilde said on SEN Track’s Bensley.
“I always thought that this spring would be her best, I’m really pleased.
“She had her first bit of fast work earlier in the week and we couldn’t be happier with how she went.”
The Wilde camp are aiming this five-year-old towards the Group 3 Bart Cummings over 2500m at Flemington and depending on how she runs, the ultimate goal would be the Melbourne Cup.
“We’re trying to work out a program around the Bart Cummings,” he said.
“We’ll just see how she’s going, and we’ll probably just assess and see where her fitness levels are at and how sharp she’s looking.”
The group 3 Lord Reims Stakes is coming home to Warrnambool after Tralee Rose destroys her rivals. pic.twitter.com/dRpCSi6oSs— Wilde Racing (@wilde_racing) February 20, 2021
Despite winning in scintillating fashion last preparation, Wilde is under no illusions that Tralee Rose will have to step up if it is to contest in the Melbourne Cup.
“She probably beat off-season fields, but she does have to make that next step,” he added.
“We’re dreaming at the moment and the reality of it is that she might not be quite good enough.
“We’re going to try and tailor a program around getting into the Melbourne Cup and if we come up short, there are plenty of other options for her. But like I said, we’re daring to dream at the moment.”