Arabian 'Solid' Gold In Oaks

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Dominant favourite, Arabian Gold , has drawn the coveted inside gate for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on Saturday. From the perfect gate, the Sydney visitor will be able to take a sit, not too far from the pace, and utilise her blistering finish, while rivals jostle for positions. 

Earlier in the week, betting on the Fillies’ classic over 2400m was suspended after Arabian Gold was involved in a potentially nasty trackwork incident. The daughter of Dubawi was preparing to work at Eagle Farm when she twisted a plate and pulled her shoe half off. Once re-plated, the winner of eight races from 17 starts worked solidly. Owned by Nick Moraitis of Might And Power fame, Arabian Gold is shooting for her fourth straight victory and if successful the $256,000 first prize would lift her total stakes earnings to almost $900,000. David Vandyke’s star began her Brisbane campaign with an impressive victory in the Doomben Roses, following consecutive Sydney wins.

A couple of her main rivals, Rock Diva  and Khutulun , will have to overcome outside barriers. After winning the Gold Coast Bracelet and finishing 1.3 lengths behind Arabian Gold in the Roses, Toowoomba filly Tinto will jump from barrier six and is second favourite. Following an unorthodox preparation, which includes wins at the Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, improving Kiwi Sancerre  looms as a knockout chance.

Winner of the Fred Best Classic a fortnight ago, Havana is again each way odds in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas after drawing perfectly in barrier 4. Of his main rivals, Dothraki  has the inside gate, while South Australian Hucklebuck has gate 15, local Into The Red 19 and Kiwi filly Costa Viva 20 . The race is over the Stradbroke distance (1400m), with the winner earning connections $224,000 in prizemoney.

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