Evergreen sprinter Tranquilla Sunrise set to contest second listed feature in the Beaufine Stakes at the age of 10 for Albany trainer Roy Rogers
Front-running 10-year-old Tranquilla Sunrise will contest the listed $100,000 Beaufine Stakes at Belmont on Saturday for Albany trainer Roy Rogers.
The Hurricane Sky gelding will run in just his second listed race in 84 career starts, previously running 14th in the Belgravia Sprint back in 2012.
The evergreen galloper found a new lease of life last season in the Great Southern winning five races, including four in a row.
Chris Nicoll will ride Tranquilla Sunrise for the first time and they will have to overcome a wide draw.
The gelding has won six races from 12 starts on a soft track, which is likely to be the track grading for Saturday.
Rogers said he is hoping his galloper can run a competitive race on Saturday.
“It’s a pretty tough field, I’m not confident of winning,” he said.
“I was hoping a few more would come out but it’s a smashing race.
“I expect him to run a good race and he comes in at a good weight so that’s a bonus.
“He is a proven wet track horse so I’m hoping he can run a competitive race.”
Classy gallopers Samizdat, Misty Metal and Essential Spice headlined a star studded 13-horse field.
Rogers said his galloper was targeting a 72+ handicap race in a fortnight where his veteran will reunite with regular apprentice Beaux Banovic-Edwards.
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