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Connections of early Caulfield Cup hopeful Oasis Bloom have confirmed the Group 1 performer will resume racing in the Cockram Stakes 2013 this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Joining a classy list of likely runners in the $150,000 Group 3 WW Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 17, Al Maher mare Oasis Bloom is only lightly raced for her age.
The now five-year-old has had just seven starts to date including her Group 2 Stocks Stakes win over the Moonee Valley mile last September.
Oasis Bloom was last seen running a close fourth when beaten under a length by the Guy Walter-trained Appearance in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on November 3 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
During that run she suffered a chipped joint and since then it’s been slowly, slowly ahead of her spring return.
She was set to trial at the Cranbourne Training Complex over 800m on Monday morning however the meeting was abandoned due to the Heavy track conditions.
Co trainers Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison will now have to look at another trial or else run Oasis Bloom first-up in the Cockram Stakes without an official hit-out.
“The Cockram Stakes will be too short for her obviously but it will probably be a better starting point for her than giving her another trial,” Widdison told Racing Victoria before Monday’s abandoned trials.
Long term connections are hoping the mare can prove her staying potential and get a run in the classic $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19.
“We’re going to put her on a path towards the Caulfield Cup but she would need to remain sound and be racing well enough to get there,” Widdison said.
“I would assume we’d then probably head to the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington for her second up run but we haven’t locked anything in stone yet.”
The $220,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) runs on September 9.
Widdison also said they would be nominating Oasis Bloom for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) held at Moonee Valley on October 26.
Also a chance to resume racing in the Cockram Stakes is last year’s Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel.
Set for a shot at the 2013 Cox Plate this spring, the Leon Corstens-trained four-year-old was on show in a special Moonee Valley run between races on Saturday.
It was a pleasing piece of work from the half-sister to Atlantic Jewel who was ridden by Damien Oliver and who hasn’t raced since her Thousand Guineas success last spring.
“She looks enormous and we’re really pleased with her,” Corstens said.
“I thought she worked terrific and ‘Ollie’ seemed very pleased with her, so that’s great.
“We were going to head for the Cockram, but I think it might be coming up a fraction quick so we’ll just wait and see.
“I went around after the gallop and had a look at her and I thought she pulled up remarkably well. I was very, very pleased with her.
“I’d like to get another couple of good gallops into her, so we’ll just see what happens.”
And as for getting the 2020m of the Cox Plate?
“She’s showed a lot of brilliance at the moment and hopefully she’s going to get the mile-and-a-quarter,” Corstens said.
“It’s a long way down the track but we’re hoping we can get there. We’ve nominated her for it.”
Official 2013 Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup 2013 nominations close tomorrow, August 8, and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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