The Danny O’Brien trained Tear Gas (3f High Chaparral x Irlanda, by O’Reilly) made light work of the Benchmark 70 event over 1700 metres at Sandown on Wednesday, powering away to win by more than three lengths at her second run back from a spell.
Last in the VRC Oaks during the spring behind Kirramosa when she overraced quite badly, Tear Gas looks a much stronger competitor this time around and her trainer has big plans for her.
“With the real speed it became a test of stamina and that’s what we think this filly’s strengths are,” said O’Brien, who indicated she would run next in the Group III SAJC Auraria Stakes on April 12 before backing up two weeks later in the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks.
A $135,000 NZB Premier purchase from the draft of Mapperley Stud, Tear Gas carries the colours of prominent owner / breeder Sean Buckley that have been made famous by Australian Horse of the Year Miss Andretti and Cox Plate winner Shamus Award.
She is the first winner for Group II winning O’Reilly mare Irlanda.
Tear Gas was the second leg of a winning double at Sandown for High Chaparral, who also scored with another three year-old filly in Musica Royale (3f High Chaparral x Very Musical, by Green Tune).
She broke her maiden at her second start for the powerful Darren Weir stable over 1300 metres and also looks to have a bright future.