Change of plans for top filly

Plans for Rollout The Carpet, one of Cambridge’s many Group One winners this season, have been changed and she will miss her intended mission at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Trainers Emma-Lee Browne and Jeff McVean had hoped to tackle the Gr.3 $70,000 Windsor Park Stud Breeders Stakes at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s popular meeting with Rollout The Carpet and the filly looked on target when running second in a recent trial on her home track.

“She went all right in the trial, but her coat has turned a lot and she’s just not quite right,” said Browne. “We’ve decided to pull her out for a good spell and concentrate on next season.”

Rollout The Carpet was one of the early-season stars when winning the Gr.1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton, but afterwards she was found to have chipped a bone in a fetlock.

She underwent an operation to remove the chip and was given a lengthy recovery period before resuming in the Listed Sakhee’s Secret Melbourne Lightning Handicap at Trentham last month. She wound up seventh and was obviously in need of the outing.

Fortunately the leg problem hasn’t been a factor in the decision to change the latest plans with Rollout The Carpet. “She’s not feeling the fetlock,” said Browne.

Though Rollout The Carpet will miss a possible Queensland Winter campaign, her connections are keen to get her to Melbourne in the spring.

“We’ll just see how she comes up,” said Browne. “If she’s going well there are plenty of options for her in Melbourne.”