O'Shea-trained White Sage was a convincing winner in the Listed Festival Stakes
(1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday, stamping her authority for the autumn riches
that lie ahead.
From the outside
barrier, White Sage had her share of doubters but a composed ride from James
McDonald ensured the pint-sized mare found the front and stayed there.
In the home straight,
White Sage found another gear and kicked away from the field, comfortably
holding the second favourite, Terravista, at bay.
O'Shea will now send
the mare for a well-deserved break after maintaining her unbeaten status from
The Coolmore Classic
is shaping as O'Shea's primary target, electing to not run in the Group II
Villiers Stakes and save her for the autumn.
"It was very
impressive and a great ride from James McDonald from the wide gate,"
"She's a stakes
winner now and her main goal will be to compete in the feature races over the
autumn, there are some lovely races for her.
"She's beat the
boys today and she will go back to mares' grade in the Coolmore."
White Sage ($3 fav)
was ridden by James McDonald and defeated the Joe Pride-trained Terravista ($5)
by two lengths with Alma's Fury ($19) from the Paul Murray stable, 1-3/4
lengths away in third.Tom Walter - www.racenet.com.au - 30th November, 2013