Im­pro­vise likely to miss the Oaks

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MARK OBERHARDT

SYD­NEY filly Im­pro­vise picked up some valu­able black­type with her win in the Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) at Caloun­dra yes­ter­day, but is un­likely to take the tra­di­tional win­ner’s path to the Queens­land Oaks.

Trainer Chris Waller had a big day in Syd­ney, espe­cially with his su­per­star Winx, but he would have been happy with the pro­fes­sional man­ner in which Im­pro­vise won.

Im­pro­vise ($12) fin­ished strongly to grab La Scopa ($4.40) by a short neck, with a neck to Skate To Paris ($4) in third in the $100,000 race.

The Princess Stakes is tra­di­tion­ally the first step­ping stone for the fil­lies as they chase the Group 1 Queens­land Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on May 26.

Waller’s Queens­land sta­ble fore­man Paul Shailer said Im­pro­vise had been sent north to chase black-type races dur­ing the win­ter.

“She got beaten at Doomben last start but that was at 2000m and she was back to 1600m to­day,” Shailer said.

“I think she is un­likely at this stage to head to the Oaks be­cause I don’t think she will stay.

“Chris might prove me wrong but at this stage she will be aimed at the shorter stakes races in the win­ter.”

Im­pro­vise was rid­den a su­per race by jockey Damian Browne, who is re­garded as the king of the Sun­shine Coast and he brought up his 19th fea­ture race win at the track.

“She fin­ished strongly and beat a pretty smart field so she might have a fu­ture,” Browne said.

Trainer Matt Dunn said La Scopa would press to the Oaks.

“I haven’t re­ally trained her to be a stayer but she races like one,” Dunn said.

Skate To Paris, who ran her third plac­ing in a stakes race, is also likely to chase the shorter races in the win­ter. AAP

STRONG FIN­ISH: Im­pro­vise (left) win­ning at the Sun­shine Coast. Pic­ture: Grant Peters, Track­side Pho­tog­ra­phy

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