Sydney main option for Sofia Rosa

Bruce Perry leading Sofia Rosa back to scale after winning the ATC Oaks.

Bruce Perry and groom Troy Harris leading Sofia Rosa (Hugh Bowman)back to scale after winning the ATC Oaks.

Quality Cambridge mare Sofia Rosa will only run at Ellerslie on Thursday by default.

All going smoothly, she will instead be in Sydney for the Gr. 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday with Blake Shinn booked to handle the Stephen Marsh-trained four-year-old.

The Group One winner’s connections had originally planned to use the Gr. 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes as a springboard to an Australian autumn campaign and Sofia Rosa has only remained in the field in case of any hold-up to her flight to Sydney.

“It’s planned to go early on Wednesday morning,” said Wairarapa bloodstock agent Bruce Perry, who manages owner Lib Petagna’s thoroughbred interests.

“The Ranvet has always been a thought and then when Ellerslie was called off we put in an entry.

“The race fits into her programme and when we saw the nominations it did look a very inviting option.

“It was always going to be a strong field, but if we’re going to capture a Group One at weight-for-age it looks a reasonable opportunity, especially if they get a bit of rain.”

The Ranvet will serve as Sofia Rosa’s lead-up to the A$4 million Gr. 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 8.

The daughter of Makfi, who last autumn won the Gr. 1 Australian Oaks, has impressed in two domestic outings this preparation.

She made late ground to run seventh when resuming in the Gr. 1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa and again finished well for third in the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic.

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