Montefilia on target for Oaks

16 April 2021 01:04:57 GMTPlus10

Trainer David Payne is keeping faith with Montefilia's staying credentials, despite the filly's two defeats over Classic distances, and believes she will bounce back in the Group 1 Australian Oaks over a mile and a half at Randwick on Friday.

The three-year-old earned a pair of Group 1 wins in the Flight Stakes over a mile and the Spring Champion at a mile and a quarter, but finished only third when well-fancied behind Personal in the Group 1 VRC Oaks over a distance beyond a mile and a half last spring, when she was ridden near the speed and overpowered late.

The four-time winner was again well supported when fourth to Explosive Jack in last weekend's Group 1 Australian Derby over a mile and a half when Payne felt the tempo and inside barrier worked against her.

"She had every chance but I just would have preferred she'd come down the middle (of the track)," Payne said.

"It wasn't Jason's (Collet) fault, he couldn't get out and they went a little too slow. When you get beaten two lengths, of course you stay. She didn't get beaten ten lengths. She definitely gets a trip."

Montefilia has been given an easy week and Payne is happy to see her draw barrier eight of ten.

"I'd rather be drawn there to be honest. I don't want to be drawn on the fence. She is a filly who likes to have a lot of space,” he added.

Montefilia is 5.00 for the Australian Oaks, while Mark Newnham's Harmony Rose is a 3.80 chance.

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