Kirramosa centre stage for Victorian Oaks

Kirramosa (NZ) has won a Group 2 on the big stage for Wellfield Lodge stallion Alamosa in the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

The John Sargent-trained filly came from last to further press her claims for next Thursday’s G1 Victorian Oaks.  She had a length to spare over May’s Dream (New Approach) and Solicit (Street Cry) on Saturday.

“That’s a big boost with the yearling sales coming up and for her to win on such a prestigious day is just fantastic,” Wellfield’s Bill Gleeson said after the filly carried the stud’s colours to victory.  “She’s done us proud.  We were originally going straight into the Oaks but she was bucking and kicking to we opted to run today.”

Kirramosa was bred by Wellfield and they race her with Sargent and John and Glenda Reily.  The Wakeful was Sargent’s first victory at Flemington.

Alamosa was a G1 winner of the ARC 2YO Diamond Stakes and the following season added the WRC Thorndon Mile and Otaki Maori WFA Stakes.  He was prepared by Peter McKay at Matamata before Wellfield Lodge stepped in with an offer to stand him at stud.

To enhance his value, Alamosa was sent to Mick Price in Melbourne and the move paid off with a G1 triumph in the prestigious MRC Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

Alamosa (O’Reilly) stands for a $12,500 (plus gst) at Wellfield Lodge.

A Victorian Oaks victory would make it a quick-fire Group 1 double for Wellfield Lodge.  The Palmerston North stud also stands Handsome Ransom (Red Ransom) and he sired Ransomed (NZ) to an upset victory in the Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings last month.