Winter standout Tofane could be given the chance to follow in her father’s footsteps with trainer Michael Moroney set to consider a Cox Plate tilt with his star while conceding an Everest assault was ‘unlikely’.
The Flemington trainer is keen to get in-form mare over more ground when she returns in the spring with The Valley’s weight-for-age classic among the possibilities for his daughter of 2012 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park.
Tofane proved to be one of the stars of the Brisbane Winter Carnival after the rising six-year-old added an emphatic Tatt’s Tiara success last Saturday at Eagle Farm to her Stradbroke Handicap win.
The talented mare had been set to be sold at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale before connections elected to press on through the winter with enormous success.
TOFANE COMPLETES THE STRADBROKE HANDICAP-TATT'S TIARA DOUBLE ?? pic.twitter.com/KO8SIuaY0J
Now a three-time Group 1 winner, Moroney and his team of owners will now look to continue in the same vein when they plot a course towards the spring.
“The Everest could be a bit short for her now so we will more than likely look at getting her over more ground off what we have seen of her in the past couple of runs,” Moroney said.
“There is the mile race against her own sex (Empire Rose Stakes) would be the easiest but are a couple of options there.
“The Cox Plate is a possibility.”
Tofane winning the Tatt’s Tiara. Photo: Grant Peters/ Trackside Photography.Source:Supplied
Tofane has never been tested over anything more than 1400m in 22 career starts but has raced through the line strongly at each of her past two starts when winning at Group 1 level.
Sportsbet rate Tofane an $81 outsider for the Cox Plate while she is a $21 chance with TAB Fixed Odds in The Everest betting.
Tofane finished ninth in The Everest last year and would undoubtedly be considered a worthy candidate to fill one of the remaining open slot for the $15 million race in 2021 on recent performances.
However, races likes the Empire Rose Stakes, Cantala Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and Cox Plate now shape as more suitable targets as Moroney looks to step his Group 1 gun up in trip.
Moroney is confident Tofane can bring her A-game again in the spring after reaching a new career peak during the winter.
“I think she has been in career best form and has pulled up really good from Saturday,” Moroney said.
“We will leave her up there in Queensland for a few days and then head to Sydney for a break.
“She will head down to NSW on Wednesday and we will start mapping out a plan later this week because we don’t have much time before the spring.”
Originally published asCox Plate a possibility for Tofane
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