Recent Rosemont acquisition Rahveel will shoot for Group One success in Adelaide on Saturday in the Schweppes Oaks over 2000 metres.
Second in the Auraria Stakes G3 – the traditional lead up two weeks ago – her run was full of merit and gave trainer Leon Corstens plenty of heart leading up to her Grand Final day this Saturday.
Drawing barrier one, Rahveel did not get a clear run down the straight but burst through late to claim the front runners, only to be bloused by Darley runner Crucial who got to the outside at the top of the straight and sailed down the middle of the track.
Jockey James Winks declared afterwards that she was right on target for the Oaks and without the checkered run in the straight, she would have claimed her first stakes success.
Rahveel showed her immense talent in the spring when second the superstar filly Atlantic Jewel in the G2 Wakeful Stakes on VRC Derby day and was turned out after the spring to finish growing.
“She’s still not there yet,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said. “She is still growing and being a Zabeel filly, she is nowhere near finished maturing. She is going to be an awesome 4yo mare.”
Mithen swooped on Rahveel when she went up for private sale last month as a high class racing and broodmare prospect and she has run just twice in the stud’s red and white colors, running 4th in the G2 Sportingbet stakes in her other start.
“She is from a fantastic family and will let down into a ripping mare. She is a great sort and I’m certain she has a big race in her. We were underbidders on her mother Sarah Vee at last week’s mare sale in Sydney, but Coolmore had just a bit too much, not surprisingly. I think their plan is to send her to Fastnet Rock which can only help the family,” Mithen said.