A standout over her maiden racing preparation through the 2014 summer and autumn, trainer Danny Bougoure has revealed talented filly Oakleigh Girl is primed for a racing return in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 14th.
Claiming two wins and a minor place finish over her short six start career so far, Oakleigh Girl remained in the paddock over the 2014 Spring Carnival and has not been seen at the races since finishing a credible fifth amongst classy company in the Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) on April 19th.
Sizzling over an impressive track gallop in Queensland last week, Bougoure told TVN the Snitzel filly is in great condition ahead of the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival, and will aim to contest the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) two weeks after her 2015 Rubiton Stakes return.
“She has furnished into a lovely filly now, she has matured and she is stronger,” Bougoure said.
“Hopefully, she is in for a good campaign.”
Winning a strong Cranbourne barrier trial prior to her racing debut during the 2013 Spring Carnival, Oakleigh Girl immediately stamped her claims as one to watch when winning the Group 3 7 News Stakes (1000m) on November 5th.
Repeating the dose in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1010m) less-than two weeks later, Oakleigh Gal ran fourth in the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on December 28th before a close run for second behind Unencumbered in the Magic Million 2.y.o. Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast in January 2014.
Running an impressive sixth in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in her only other start prior to the Royal Randwick Stakes, Oakleigh Girl will have to find an extra gear if to overcome the likely talent-rich field in the 2015 Rubiton Stakes.
Nominations for the 2015 Rubiton Stakes are due to close on the 9th on February, while a final field and barrier draw at set to be completed and released two days later.
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