Talented three-year-old Adrift has been a query in appearing to lose form when stepping up in race distance this time in, however trainer Gai Waterhouse remains optimistic she is a realistic chance for success in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick.
Posting three race wins through her seven start career so far, Adrift posted a huge upset when beating a talented field to the line at long odds in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) first-up this time but has since been unable to replicate the performance; running seventh in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) and ninth in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
Pleased with the condition of the daughter of Zabeel, Waterhouse told Racing Ahead she is confident the conditions of the 2015 Australian Oaks will play directly into her runner’s strengths on Saturday.
“I think she will – I did at one stage question she might not after she ran in the Coolmore,” Waterhouse said.
“Nothing went her way in the Coolmore and amongst three-year-old fillies; it should be right up her alley.”
Confirmed to be partnered by Damien Oliver, Waterhouse believes Adrift is capable of performing from all positions in the field and will leave overall tactics to the champion hoop.
“She’s been everywhere; she’s been back of the field and she’s led. She’s quite a versatile filly,” Waterhouse added.
“I’ll just leave it to Damien, what’s the point in employing the best if you can’t get the best?”
Running sixth in a Newcastle Maiden event on debut on November 1st, Adrift stamped her claims as one to watch when breaking through for an impressive win in the Priority Business Lawyers Maiden (1850m) on November 16th before repeating the dose in the TAB Place Multi (1600m) less than a fortnight later.
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