Wet Track Will Rule Bahamas Out of SA Fillies Classic

Trainer Dan O’Sullivan included promising stayer Bahamas in nominations for Saturday’s Listed SA Fillies Classic (2500m) earlier this week, but has revealed the three-year-old is unlikely to take her place in the race should the Morphettville track experience inclement weather.

Champion hoop Damien Oliver has partnered Bahamas in four of her six competitive starts. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Champion hoop Damien Oliver has partnered Bahamas in four of her six competitive starts. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Bahamas has more than stamped her claims as a serious racing prospect over her six start career so far and was particularly impressive when displaying a keen turn of foot in the final straight to finish a close third in the featured Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) a fortnight ago.

Understandably thrilled by the results posted by the daughter of Teofilo so far, O’Sullivan is wary of the taxing conditions of a soft track over 2500m, particularly in what is the filly’s first ever racing campaign.

“We’ve only had the one run at 2000 metres and then to go straight up to the 25 (hundred metres) and a heavy track might be a bit taxing,” O’Sullivan told Racing Ahead.

“I’d be certainly keeping a bit of an eye on the weather over there and weigh up the options a bit closer to the date.

“The bottom line is, she’s owned over there and she’ll spell over there, so she’ll head over on the float Thursday night and we’ll accept and treat her as a runner until (making a decision) probably Saturday morning.”

Damien Oliver rode Bahamas in the Australasian Oaks, and O’Sullivan revealed the champion hoop recommended a step up to 2500m for the 2015 SA Fillies’ Classic; citing the way she savaged the line last start.

“After the run he said she hit the line really good and the first two home won’t be in the race, she was the best of the rest and he very strongly recommended we go there as long as she pulled up OK,” O’Sullivan added.

“We brought her straight back home the next day and she settled in well here at home and hasn’t left an oat since.

“She had a bit of gallop this morning and did all that was required of her, she seemed to pull up well, so everything’s looking up and rosy.”

Running fourth in her competitive debut at Ballarat over 1400m on February 12th, Bahamas placed second to Show A Star in the Hygain Maiden Plate (1600m) on March 5th; progressing to her maiden win in the TAB Maiden Plate (1600m) on March 16th an finishing in the minors in both the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) and Denis Walter Afternoons Trophy (1600m) leading into the Australasian Oaks.

The 2015 SA Fillies’ Classic final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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