Last start Belmont Guineas winner Tick Tick Bloom will back-up in this Saturday’s Belmont Oaks 2014 looking to continue her hot form this winter.
Adam Durrant’s three-year-old Viscount filly has won her past three on the trot and will look to extend that to four straight in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m) on the weekend.
All three of her recent victories have been at Belmont Park, but she’ll be facing a distance further than a mile for the first time in the Oaks where she’s likely to open narrow favourite.
“She pulled up very well from the Guineas,” Durrant’s foreman Jason Miller told The West Australian.
Progressing through the grades impressively this campaign, Tick Tick Bloom was last seen beating home the boys in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 21.
She won by a nose over fellow filly Midnight Shimmer there but had the outside barrier (15 of 15) to contend from.
After the Oaks plans are then to run Tick Tick Bloom again in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) on July 19.
The Belmont Oaks is the feature WA race this weekend and is set to attract a smart field.
One of the other most notable hopes is Fred Kersley’s recent Belmont 1400m winner Decreed.
The Fath filly has been tested in stakes’ company three times previously, most recently running sixth to Balmont Girl in the Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) at Ascot back in March.
She’s been racing in easier assignments since then however kept to a mile and under.
At her latest start Decreed enjoyed a win at the track on June 25 with Shaun O’Donnell in the saddle for the first time.
Kersley is keen to give her another go at Black Type success then in the Oaks where he expects improvement as she gets up to her preferred distance.
“Decreed has been racing over distances which don’t suit her,” Kersley said.
After winning last weekend’s $125,000 Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) with Fancy Feet, Ascot-based horseman Shane Quilty will be after another Belmont feature win in Saturday’s Oaks clash.
He saddles up a half-sister to Fancy Feet in He’s A Decoy filly Dabang, the two both from Spectrum mare Colourband.
Dabang has had six starts to date for the one win over the Ascot mile back in early March.
She’s had two runs at Belmont Park this time in, the latest of which was a close fourth three-quarters of a length off Tick Tick Bloom in the Belmont Guineas.
The 2014 Belmont Oaks final field and barriers will be out mid-week so stay tuned to Races.com.au.
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