Three months is a long time in racing. Just ask David and Coral Feek, trainers of the inform 4yo mare ZOFFANY ROSE who heads to Moonee Valley tomorrow night for her first metropolitan assignment. Since the 3rd of August this year, when the daughter of Zoffany broke her maiden at Pakenham, she has had seven starts for three wins, a second, a third, a fourth and a luckless sixth at Mornington when the saddle shifted badly for regular rider Jessica Eaton.
'This mare has been exceptional of late, Jess Eaton has been terrific taking the reins and there is no doubt the horse runs for her'. Said David Feek
'Moonee Valley is a big step up and we're a 20-1 chance, however with the light weight and suitable trip I believe she will be in the hunt'.
Zoffany Rose lines up in Race 7 at 9:00pm, the Benchmark 70 handicap over 2500m. She will jump from barrier 8 (5 if the remaining emergencies are withdrawn) in the field of 12 and Team Feek will be happy to see the mare settle where she is comfortable in running.
'I think she's a pretty versatile mare. Jess can either roll forward and find a position in the first half of the field, or she can let it unfold in front of her if the speed goes on early'. Said David when talking pre race tactics.
'It's a typically open benchmark 70 stayers race on these Friday night meetings when the top class horses are chasing Spring riches elsewhere. I don't think she is out of place at this level so I hope we get some luck and running and we'll be finishing the race off strongly'.
Zoffany Rose rounded out her final piece of work earlier in the week at Mornington and trainers David and Coral Feek are hopeful the mare can take that next step and reward her patioent connections with more siuccess under lights at the Valley.