No rush to fly filly home

Sofia Rosa (Hugh Bowman) winning the Australian Oaks.

Sofia Rosa (Hugh Bowman) winning the Australian Oaks.

Stephen Marsh will give his Gr. 1 Australian Oaks winner Sofia Rosa a few extra days to get over her traumatic post-race ordeal.

The Cambridge trainer is at a loss to understand how a Sydney vet could have got the dosage of a pre-flight insect spray so wrong that his filly and fellow Kiwis Valley Girl and Capella had to be taken straight to a veterinary clinic.

“The fillies got terribly agitated and it basically burned them so we had to hose them off – it was shocking,” he said.

Under the circumstances, Sofia Rosa would remain in Sydney until next Monday before she returned home.

“After what she’s gone through I won’t put her through the stress of travel straight away and she will fly home on Monday, all going well,” he said.

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