A trip to Adelaide to target the Group 1 Australasian Oaks 2015 next April could be on the cards for the Nigel Blackiston-trained Amarela after the filly enjoyed a breakthrough win on debut at Bendigo on Wednesday.
The nicely-bred daughter of Pentire charged to the line in today’s $17,500 Schweppes Plate (1300m) for three-year-old maiden fillies, defeating Marocan Diva by a long neck with Damien Oliver in the saddle after coming from last.
“She came from a difficult position to win nicely,” Oliver said.
It was an eye-catching first run from the $70,000 yearling and one that has her Flemington-based trainer Blackiston looking ahead to bigger and better things next time in.
For her opening campaign he plans to give her perhaps one more run to get some racing into her legs before sending Amarela back out for a freshen-up before an autumn return in 2015.
Describing her as being still “very raw”, Blackiston is confident of improvement off her impressive debut.
“The upside is that she has nice potential,” he said post-win.
“Hopefully, as a mare she will even be better, get to some nice heights and win some black type for owners.”
There are options galore for the filly, who saluted for the Bendigo punters today as the $2.60 favourite, should she come on well next year.
One of Blackiston’s big hopes with her is a run at Morphettville Racecourse in SA next April in the $400,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m), also known as the Schweppes Oaks.
This year’s Schweppes Oaks winner during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival was Darren Weir’s daughter of New Approach May’s Dream.
She had experience from a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign the year before however including a second to Guelph in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
May’s Dream also contested last year’s Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington but struggled over the extra distance to run a distant eighth behind Kirramossa.
Before the Schweppes Oaks she ran via the traditional lead-up race, the $115,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville a fortnight earlier when third behind Girl In Flight.
That race could also be a nice Adelaide option for Amarela next April.
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