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Opera Australia

Before we return to Saratoga and continue to New Jersey to see Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell, let’s take a brief journey Down Under – Sid Fernando reminded us that things are coming along nicely for pure white filly The Opera House. She has now won two barrier trials in a row (in Australia, they keep real statistics on these training races) – the first on July 3rd over 800m and the second, a little longer at 900m, on July 20th.

The 2-year-old is now aiming for a debut race (the kind they run for money) at a provincial track (rather than heading straight for the Aussie equivalent of Saratoga or Keeneland) – and her owners now include the eight lucky winners of a contest sponsored by majority owner John Singleton’s brewery, Bluetongue (for which the filly was briefly named) Given her breeding, it seems likely she’ll want a little more distance down the line – her champion 3/4 brother, Might and Power, won the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup (among many other distance races); the current plan is to find a 1300m race for her first official start.

If The Opera House does show Group 1 potential like Might and Power, there will be no cause for concern about how she might react to the limelight – thanks to her unusual coloring, she’s already quite used to being photographed and shown off. And while her connections need not worry about how to toast any success she might have, might I suggest they brew a witbier to commemorate her first start?

1 comment to Opera Australia

  • Valerie

    She certainly has the pedigree to succeed. Your photo got me thinking, though…in that hot Aussie sun, how susceptible is she to melanoma?

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