Sofia Rosa bounces back from fall

Sofia Rosa (Vinnie Colgan) showing her class at Ellerslie. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk)

Sofia Rosa (Vinnie Colgan) showing her class at Ellerslie. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk)

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is in familiar territory with his talented filly Sofia Rosa.

Sofia Rosa hit the canvas at Ellerslie on Boxing Day after clipping heels in the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic, but she will return to Auckland on Friday for the Gr. 2 Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes.

It’s a case of déjà vu for Marsh who had the misfortune to see Lucia Valentina fall in the Gr. 2 Great Northern Guineas (when that event was staged on Boxing Day) before she bounced back to run second in the 2014 Royal Stakes.

“All you want to see is the jockey and the horse come back okay,” said Marsh. “Apart from a few grass burns, Sofia Rosa has thankfully come through it well and she will be backing up. She’s trotted up perfectly and I am more than comfortable about running her again.”

The winner of two of her six starts, the Makfi filly was sent out favourite in the Eight Carat off the back of her impressive resuming victory at Ellerslie earlier this month.

However, the Boxing Day disappointment was eased somewhat by the performance of Sofia Rosa’s stablemate Ruud Not Too, who was gallant in defeat behind Capella.

“I was very happy with her and she’s a well-bred filly that the owners paid a fair bit of money for ($220,000) and now she’s Group Two placed,” said Marsh. “At this stage she will go to Trentham for the Levin Classic. She’ll meet that good colt Xtravagant, but she deserves a go and she’s better-suited to staying at a mile.”

Meanwhile, Michael Coleman has warned punters not to take any notice of stablemate No More Tears’ last-start defeat. The Matamata jockey had no luck aboard the filly when they finished fifth at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

“Michael came in and said if they had got a run there was no doubt she would have won,” said Marsh.

The dual stakes winner was making her first appearance since she was unplaced in the Gr.1 NZ 1000 Guineas at Christchurch.

“She’s right back to where she was before she went to Riccarton,” said Marsh.

– NZ Racing Desk.