Terai Aiming for Queensland Oaks Upset

A notable performer over four minor starts this time in, Terai will be aiming to complete a successful step-up in distance and class when lining up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Trainer John O'Shea is confident in a good performance from Terai in the 2014 Queensland Oaks

Trainer John O'Shea is confident in a good performance from Terai in the 2014 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Daniel Costello

Finishing no-worse than third in any of her last six competitive appearances on track, stemming back to September 2013, Racing Manager of Darley Jason Walsh said trainer John O’Shea has a high opinion of the exciting three-year-old prospect, and is expecting another impressive showing in her maiden Group level tilt this weekend.

“She has come a bit from obscurity” Walsh told TVN.

“Ever since she won over 1900 metres at Canterbury two weeks ago John has been thinking about the Oaks.

“John has got a lot of time for this filly, and she’s by Teofilo, and his best progeny in the northern hemisphere have done their best at 2400 metres.

Allocated the central barrier 10 for the 2014 Queensland Oaks, Terai’s chances of success took a huge boost mid-week when confirmed to be partnered by renowned jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

“Hopefully she can be competitive, albeit she is up quite dramatically in distance and class” Walsh added.

“John’s confident she will run very well.”

Securing a total of two wins and four places from just eight competitive race starts to date, Terai has arguably hit peak condition over her current preparation; unlucky to finish third when blocked for a run in the Dapto Creek Handicap (1300m) first-up before claiming a maiden race victory in the Hansen & Cole Funerals Handicap (1400m) on April 19th.

Continuing to build in form and class, the filly out of Nepal finished second amongst classy competition in the Penita Donovan Handicap (1600m) on May 1st before returning to the winner’s circle in the Hyland Race Colours Fillies Maiden (1900m) last time out.

While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success north of the border this weekend, Terai is given some chance of causing the day’s biggest upset, offered at generous $15 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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