Dear Demi beat several of these rivals in the Doomben Roses. Picture: Peter Wallis/couriermail.com.au
Dear Demi may not have taken the conventional route to the Queensland Oaks, but there is little doubt that she is the horse to beat in the last Group One race of the season for three year-old fillies. While the Clarry Conners trained galloper ran in and won The Roses a fortnight ago, she also backed up a week later to take on the boys in the Grand Prix Stakes, a race that just one Oaks winner (Giovana 2000) has come through in the past 30 years. Having defeated most of these rivals at Doomben two weeks ago and proven her class by winning the VRC Oaks and finishing second in the AJC Oaks in April however, she may be able to buck the trend.
Seven of the last eight Oaks winners ran in The Roses at Doomben and the eye catching run in that event belonged to runner-up Gondokoro . Like Dear Demi, she was placed in the AJC Oaks behind Royal Descent earlier in the year and has proven she runs out the 2400m of the race. Peter Moody has trained the winner of this contest twice in the past nine years and is represented by Zabeel filly Miss Zenella , while Kris Lees has two strong chances in Soapy Star and Express Power .
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