Wishlor Lass kicks clear to win the Tesio Stakes at The Valley. (Image: Racing Photos)

Wishlor Lass and Damian Lane kick clear to win the Tesio Stakes at The Valley. (Image: Racing Photos)

Wilde to strike while iron's hot

Symon Wilde is a firm believer in the adage strike while the iron is hot and will nominate his in-form mare Wishlor Lass for the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

Wishlor Lass took her record to six wins from eight starts when she led throughout to make successive Group 3 victories when she won the Tesio Stakes (1600 metres)

Initially Wilde was reluctant to deviate from his plan to wait for the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on November 11 for Wishlor Lass’s next start, but he has been swayed since by three factors.

“It was the style of the win. It was a softer run than when she won at her previous start. I also believe in striking while the iron is hot,” Wilde said.

Then on Sunday morning Wilde took Wishlor Lass to the beach and said she had pulled up extremely well.

WATCH: Wishlor Lass win at The Valley


Damian Lane, who has ridden her in her past two wins also rang him to suggest the Empire Rose Stakes was a viable option for her.

“Bottom line is that if we go to the Empire Rose Stakes, she’s likely to start in single figures and it’s a Group 1 race,” he said.

Wilde said he would still have a good think about waiting for the Matriarch Stakes as that was the race he had set her for.

"It's a Group 2 race worth $300,000, so it's still a significant race for her."