John Oxx’s progressive filly Alanza could have her next outing at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting if ground conditions are in her favour with the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes being the race the quietly-spoken Irishman has in mind for the hat-trick seeking three-year-old, writes Elliot Slater. She could be one for those looking at betfair horseracing tips.
Alanza has never finished out of the first three in her five career starts to date, winning her only outing as a juvenile at Listowel last summer before being put away until June this year. Third in a Leopardstwon conditions event on her seasonal return, she then filled the same position in the listed Dark Angel EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas in July, coming off worst in a three-way photo in the race won by Katla.
Clearly progressing along the right lines the Aga Khan’s home bred daughter of Dubai Destination then landed her maiden listed success when staying-on well to beat Wild Wind over a mile at Cork at the end of July, before following up in similar company over seven furlongs at Tipperary on August 18, running down Anam Allta to score by three-quarters-of-a-length on good to firm ground under a finely judged ride from the excellent Johnny Murtagh. Experts such as Paul Nicholls will be watching her progress.
Oxx, (most famous for his superb handling of the sensational six-time 2009 Group 1 winner Sea The Stars), believes that Alanza is ready for a further step up in grade and is looking forward to travelling her over to Doncaster and letting her take her chance in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes on the proviso that the ground is dry, as any give underfoot does not suit his good actioned filly. Should she not take up the option at Town Moor then Alanza has alternative entries in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes and the Group 3 Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh, both on September 11.