Rimraam has resumed for an impressive win in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington this afternoon and stamped herself as a filly to follow throughout the Autumn Carnival.
The Commands filly had impressive first-up form leading into her 2018 Autumn Carnival campaign and that was clearly identified by punters, who saw Rimraam from $16 into $7.50 at jump and our clear market mover.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damien Oliver took a position within The Vanity field as Twitchy Frank, Neurotic and Paris Rock dictated early terms.
Worked into the race as the field began to straighten, Oliver allowed the filly plenty of time before going for the whip and he was greeted with a big turn of foot with 300m to travel, shooting to the lead and sustaining well to beat Bring Me Roses ($9) and Shokora ($7.50)
Oliver delivered a gem of a ride on Rimraam to win The Vanity, in what was the first time he had sat on the classy three-year-old.
“This is my first sit on her and she’s a lovely big, strong filly and developing into a nice horse,” Oliver said.
“We just had a beautiful run, the gaps came at the right time and she was strong to the line.
“It’s only a short turn around from the spring to the autumn, but she seems to have progressed nicely and I’d say she’s in for a good prep.”
Trainer David Hayes was on hand for Rimraam’s impressive win in The Vanity and revealed that the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) are her likely campaign targets this time.
“She was probably over the odds at the 16s, but under the odds at the 7s,” Hayes said after the race.
“Damien gave her a good ride and she is a quality filly who was knocking on the door of Group races in the spring, it’s just great that she’s a major Group winner.
“She didn’t stay in the spring, so we’ll probably restrict her. She can still run an Oaks, but it might be the Australasian Oaks over in Adelaide.
“We might look at a race, I think it’s the Vinery. One of those 2000m on Golden Slipper Day, but we did get an Ollie special today.
“She just seems faster this time and her trial was very good at Flemington.”
The Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 3rd is likely-to-figure as the next point of call for Rimraam; a race for which today’s beaten favourite Aloisia remains $5.50 favourite in our market.