Lights bright for Adelaide

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is set to embark on his second Australian assault within a month.

Marsh had no luck with Ruud Awakening in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill on April 6, but hopes for a dramatic change with Aurora Lights in Adelaide.

“The Slipper was virtually a non-event for Ruud Awakening after she got back and was knocked around a fair bit,” said Marsh. “It took her a day or two to get over it, but she’s bounced back. She’s going out for a well-earned spell and we’re looking forward to next season with her.”

Ruud Awakening finished among the tailenders in the Golden Slipper won by Overreach, who showed how strength-sapping the big race is when she went on to be a beaten favourite in the Sires’ Produce Stakes the following weekend.

Marsh has gone from one extreme to another with his Australian bid, from taking on the speedy two-year-olds to clashing with the staying fillies next Saturday with Aurora Lights.

Aurora Lights will be flown to Melbourne tonight and be floated overnight to Adelaide on Monday.

Aurora Lights’ first Australian mission will be the Gr.1 $A400,000 Schweppes Australian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville. Corey Brown has been booked for the mount.

“She’s done well and if she comes through the Oaks well there’s a Group Three 2500 metres at Morphettvillea fortnight later for her,” said Marsh, referring to the $A115,000 Sportingbet SA Fillies Classic.

Aurora Lights earned the Adelaide trip through her last-start third behind More Than Sacred in the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 16. Beforehand she was third to the same filly in the Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase at Ellerslie.