Roma Cup a test for the versatile She’s Alight

Muchea trainer Alan Mathews says the Breast Cancer Research Centre of WA – Roma Cup today will help show where She’s Alight is at. Picture: Anita McInnes

TRAINER Alan Mathews of Muchea says the Breast Cancer Research Centre of WA – Roma Cup (1200m) and major Belmont races coming up will show where his galloper She’s Alight is at.

Mathews said the Roma Cup was a high-class race which this year had gone to another level and compared it with the Railway Stakes.

The Dan Morton-trained Elite Street be ridden by in-form jockey Chris Parnham is the cup favourite.

She’s Alight with eight wins from 24 starts is now an open class horse but her rating is 83 compared with Elite Street who has a 108 rating.

He had tried to enter the five-year-old mare in an easier race but she had drawn too wide a barrier.

“We need to see where she is at and there is the Belmont Sprint and a 1600m race (coming up),’’ he said.

He would have preferred the Roma Cup to be on a fresh track back at Belmont Park.

“The Belmont Sprint (1400m) in a fortnight will probably suit her better.’’

He said Elite Street, Cup Night, Flirtini and Valour Road were all big challenges.

“But on the day it depends on which horse gets the best run and has a bit of luck.’’

Shaun O’Donnell replaces her usual jockey Patrick Carbery who has the ride on the second favourite Cup Night.

The daughter of Tavistock and Keep Alight originally drew barrier four but will move into barrier three after the scratching of Windstorm who had drawn barrier one.

She’s Alight’s most recent win was in the 1500m Australia Day Trophy on January 23 but she has also won two races at 1200m.

These were provisional metro 50 plus and 60 plus races a fortnight apart at Ascot in late January and early February last year.

She has career earnings of $276,920 and her eight wins also include one at 1300m, three at 1400m and one at 1600m.