Arcadia Queen will press on towards the Golden Eagle (1500m) but trainer Chris Waller plans to take a cautious approach with the Western Australian mare in the lead up to the race.
The daughter of Pierro only beat one runner home in The Everest but has pulled up well from the run and Waller intends to continue to plot a course towards Rosehill’s new $7.5 million event.
“It is our intention to press forward until we find a reason why not to,” Waller said. “We will be guarded.
“We want to see her work well and show she has come through (The Everest) without any problems, however long it takes.
“We will creep forward.”
Arcadia Queen is a $4.20 second favourite with TAB.com.au for the Golden Eagle to be held on Saturday, November 2.
The Group I Kingston Town Stakes winner jumped as the $5 favourite with bookmakers to win The Everest last weekend but struggled to match it with Australia’s best sprinters, including eventual winner and stablemate Yes Yes Yes.
“She has pulled up well and I think we might have just had her out of her comfort zone a little bit as we had to from the good draw,” Waller said.
“In hindsight, it might we might have been better off drawing out a bit and being back where the first three came from but she wasn’t beaten far.
“I think five lengths covered the field and she copped a bump that didn’t help.”
James McDonald will be aboard Arcadia Queen in the Golden Eagle. – Racenet.com.au