Leading filly thrives during break Wed, 25 Jul 2012
A bigger and stronger version of Rollout The Carpet is going through her early paces at the Cambridge stable of Jeff McVean and his daughter Emma-Lee Browne.
The Gr. 2 J SWap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner did particularly well during a two-month break after a successful two-year-old campaign.
“She grew a lot and is really strong over the back end,” Browne said. “She’s muscled up all over and grown a fair bit during her spell.”
Rollout The Carpet ran fifth on debut in January before a runner-up finish behind stablemate Pouri Chimes at Trentham. She showed the benefit of that trip away next time out at Te Rapa where she opened her winning account with ease.
The Holy Roman Emperor filly continued her improvement with a clear-cut victory in the Matamata feature before she was first home in the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes, but subsequently relegated to second after her wayward path home.
Rollout The Carpet was turned out after she had been unplaced in the Gr.1 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni at the end of March.
“We’ll see how she comes up before we make any really firm plans with her,” Browne said. “She’ll trial in late August and she’ll tell us what she wants to do. The 1000 Guineas at Riccarton is an obvious race for her and I don’t think the mile (1600m) is going to bother her.
“In saying that it’s a long trip down there early in the season and we’ve had a good talk to the owners and we’d like to be there, providing the track’s right for her. There are plenty of other options though.”
Rollout The Carpet is raced by Hong Kong couple Matthew and Elizabeth Oram with New Zealand Bloodstock representative John Cameron and his wife Jackie, as well as Hong Kong residents William Fan and Moon Fai Tung.