Montefilia on target for Oaks
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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