“SHE is wound up and ready to go…I doubt there would be another at the track which will be as ready to win as she is.”
On the surface Laurence Dawson could easily be in referring to his entrant in Saturday night’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Successful at her last two starts – with three wins from five outings overall – Miss Emilys Rose is in perfection condition for the $20,000 three-year-old feature.
Dawson, however, was discussing the filly’s namesake, his eight-year-old daughter Emily!
“Emily gets very excited every time the filly races and is looking forward to being at Menangle,” Dawson said.
“She’ll be in good form cheering and yelling when they’re on track.
“She is a bit too young to do much, but she loves the horses especially having one named after her.”
To be driven by Dawson, Miss Emilys Rose faces a tough task after drawing wide in barrier nine.
The daughter of Live Or Die slots into eight with the removal of the emergency.
“She is also wound up and ready to go, but the draw has made it very hard,” Dawson said. “Being wide is bad enough, but she’s also going against the colts, which have drawn better than her.
“Tretyakov from six and Mister Donald from five are the two to beat. Barrier one also brings Taramin into it.
“Hopefully we can get the right run and play a role in the finish.”
Bred by Dawson’s mother Zita, Miss Emilys Rose is likely to be sent for a short break following this weekend’s engagement.
Should the youngster continue to improve following a spell, Dawson will target her at the Bathurst Carnival and New South Wales Oaks.
“Mum bred and owns her so it is a family horse,” Dawson said. “Given the way this one has turned out, Mum is sending the mare back to Live Or Die and given they are offering a pay on live foal discount, it’s even better!
“At this stage I will give her a short break over Christmas, then try to get her ready for Bathurst.
“If she is going well enough at the time I will also look at the New South Wales Oaks. It’s a big ask, but she is better suited over the distance as she can keep giving, so the conditions will suit her.”