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Conquering home after foiled mission

02 / 06 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Conquering - finished on heels of placegetters at Mooonee Valley
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TASMANIA’S gallant sprinter-miler Conquering arrives back in Tasmania today after a hit and run mission went astray at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

Conquering went around in an open handicap over 1600m with apprentice Nathan Rose aboard and had to settle for fourth behind Tindal.

The Charlie Goggin-trained gelding led and looked comfortable in the run but when Rose attempted to slow the pace, the rider of Mondano (Chris Symons) sent his charge around the field to test for the lead and surprisingly Rose handed up.

That horse finished closer to last after leading into the straight while Conquering was working home hard to finish on the heels of the placegetters.

Goggin indicated Rose may have erred in his judgment but was not prepared to lambast the talented young rider.

“I was surprised Nathan slowed the pace when he did and allowed Mondano to take up the running,” Goggin said.

“But the race is over and we have to move on,” he said.

Goggin said Conquering would have a short break and would most likely head back to Melbourne in August.

Meanwhile two of his younger stable stars, three-year-old Too Many Reds and two-year-old filly Rose Of Scotland arrived back at the stables today and would embark on a training program that should see them return to racing in about three months.

Rose Of Scotland and Too Many Reds were tried in feature races in Adelaide in March after performing well in Tasmania.

Too Many Reds won three in succession, including two feature 3YO races, prior to tackling the $201,000 Yalumba Classic at Morphetville in which he finished near last.

Rose Of Scotland won the $100,000 Magic Millions Classic in Launceston and that earned her a trip to SA where she was a luckless fourth in the $167,000 SA Magic Millions Classic at the same meeting at which Too Many Reds competed.