Griffiths and de Kock eye big spring prize

21 September 2021 03:33:34 GMTPlus11
Flemington is the scene for Gonnadancealot's latest outing on Wednesday

Three-year-old filly Gonnadancealot will resume in the Kennedy Oaks Preview (1800m) at Flemington on Wednesday, with training partnership Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock aiming her at the Victoria Oaks on 4th November.

The daughter of Sir Prancealot had a trial at Cranbourne last week under jockey Damien Oliver, who won last year's Victoria Oaks on Personal and will also take the ride on the three-year-old filly, who is priced at 8.00.

And her trainers are hoping that the champion jockey remains her rider throughout the campaign.

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Gonnadancealot earned a ballot exemption into the Oaks when she won the Byerley Handicap in July, and will now be lightly campaigned in the hope that she can produce a peak performance in November.

The Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield on 16th October will be the filly's final run before heading into the Oaks.

Oaks the aim

"She had a blow out at the trials but Olly was happy with her," Griffiths said. "She didn't like the ground that soft but we gave her a little bit of a firmer trial on purpose, just to clean her out a bit.

"He (Oliver) went forward on the corner to give her some work and they ran quicker time than the other trial at the same distance. 

"She's behind in her fitness, but that doesn't worry us. It's all about being at peak on that Thursday in November. She's just got to please us on Wednesday, give us a happy run at the 2000 metres and then hopefully she's cherry-ripe on the Thursday for the Oaks."

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