Syd­ney on the cards af­ter top ef­fort at Oaks

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - TIM RYAN

Bon­neval and De­vise pro­vided the quinella in Satur­day’s New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Tren­tham and the pair could meet again across the Tas­man.

The Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man-trained Bon­neval was rid­den to vic­tory by Matthew Cameron for own­ers Terry Jarvis, John Rat­tray and Alis­ter Lawrence.

The Cam­bridge filly’s train­ers hadn’t thought be­yond the $300,000 Group I race but in the wake of her strong per­for­mance have turned their mind to the ATC Aus­tralian Oaks.

‘‘We’ll de­cide in the next few days,’’ Fors­man said with sta­ble­mate Ni­co­letta, fourth be­hind Bon­neval, also a chance to make the trip.

The Rand­wick Group I feature for 3-year-old fil­lies takes place on April 8 and is worth A$1,000,000 in prize­money.

The 2016 ATC Aus­tralian Oaks was won by Sofia Rosa af­ter the Cam­bridge filly trained by Stephen Marsh had been first across the line a few weeks ear­lier in the NZ Oaks be­fore her rel­e­ga­tion to se­cond be­hind Fanatic.

Se­cond home on Satur­day was an­other Cam­bridge-trained filly trained by Shaune Ritchie for own­ers, The Oaks Stud. De­vise was brave af­ter be­ing given an eco­nom­i­cal trip by jockey Jonathan Rid­dell and was half a-length be­hind the winner.

The run has prompted con­nec­tions to con­sider be­ing in Syd­ney to take on the Aus­tralian Oaks.

‘‘If she shows no signs of fa­tigue from Satur­day’s race we will be at Rand­wick,’’ Ritchie said. ‘‘She’s a fit horse and we will un­der­take a hit and run mis­sion on the one race.

‘‘She’s done us proud all sea­son and has been so con­sis­tent against the best fil­lies.’’

Third home in the Oaks was Savvy Dream from the Hast­ings sta­ble of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen. Con­nec­tions would have liked the Sav­abeel filly to have set­tled hand­ier in the run­ning.

‘‘She was a vic­tim of cir­cum­stances,’’ Lowry said. ‘‘We would have liked her to be a bit more for­ward in the run­ning but all in all it was a good run.’’

A meet­ing be­tween all par­ties will de­cide her fu­ture but Syd­ney won’t be part of the plan.

‘‘Bris­bane [for the win­ter car- ni­val] is an op­tion but we will keep all things in mind. It can be tough for them to come back as a 4-year-old if they are over-taxed, I know they are only three once but she’s go­ing to be a lovely au­tumn 4-year-old into her 5-year-old sea­son. We could have a lot of fun then, but we will sit down around the ta­ble and dis­cuss the op­tions.’’ Af­ter his win at Tren­tham on Satur­day, Bon­neval’s sta­ble­mate Sara­cino was all but con­firmed for Syd­ney.


Bon­neval gets the up­per hand over De­vise in the NZ Oaks at Tren­tham.

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