Sadler Considering 2015 Oakleigh Plate for Vain Queen

Five-year-old mare Vain Queen trialled well at Caulfield on Tuesday morning however after seeing her go up against Lankan Rupee, trainer John Sadler has begun to reconsider autumn plans for the sprint star.

Vain Queen could bypass the Lightning Stakes to resume in the Oakleigh Plate due to tough competition in the Flemington race.

Vain Queen could bypass the Lightning Stakes to resume in the Oakleigh Plate due to tough competition in the Flemington race. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Vain Queen is unbeaten down the Flemington straight from four races, which prompted Sadler to target the mare towards the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 21. However after seeing the brilliant turn of foot displayed by potential rival Lankan Rupee in Tuesday’s trial, the trainer has begun to second guess his decision.

“That’s the race she is being trained for, but when I hear all of the horses that are going to line up in the race maybe we should go to the Oakleigh Plate instead,” Sadler told TVN this morning.

With the likes of Deep Field, Terravista, and Chautuaqua all set to join Lankan Rupee in resuming in the 2015 Lightning Stakes first up, Vain Queen could become overwhelmed in the field of sprint superstars. This has led Sadler to consider the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) two weeks later at Caulfield instead.

“Now she’s a Group 3 winner I said we’d give her a crack at a Group 1 or two,” he said.

“On hearing all those names perhaps we will go to the Oakleigh Plate.

“We’ll just see how things unfold.”

Vain Queen has won seven of her 12 career starts, including the Group 3 GH Mumm Stakes (1100m) last time out on November 6, in which she won three and a half lengths clear of runner up Bounding with Shamal Wind a further short-head away in third.

This was just the mare’s second Group race and she is set to step it up even further during the autumn.

She caught the eye with her solid third place effort to Lankan Rupee and Mandla in this morning’s 800 metre trial.

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