Joe Pride has been pleased with the results posted by consistent sprinter Diamond Oasis this time and is confident Saturday’s Group 3 WJ Adams Plate (1000m) at Caulfield is the right race for the five-year-old.
Diamond Oasis has posted an impressive seven wins and eight minors through 26 career starts so far; beginning his career under the guidance of now Godolphin head John O’Shea before transferring to Pride’s care prior to his 2014 Spring Carnival campaign.
Having won the Bat Out Of Hell Handicap (900m) and finished fourth in the Summer Sprint (1000m) in his two most recent starts, Pride is confident the conditions of the WJ Adams Plate will play directly into the strengths of the Lonhro gelding on Saturday.
“He races well down there,” Pride told Racing Ahead.
“I’m pleased with him, he’s a 1000m specialist and this looks to be the right sort of assignment for him.
“I don’t’ think he’s that well-suited on wet tracks so I think back on top of the ground he’s going to be far more effective and I’m sure he’ll run right up to his best tomorrow.
“I’m confident he’ll run really well.”
Diamond Oasis resumed in 2015 for success in the Camarena Quality (1000m) in Canberra; progressing to third in the Jeep 55 Second Handicap (955m) before ending his autumn preparation seventh in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1000m).
Returning this time for fourth in the Pro-Ride Fly Handicap (1000m) in early October, the Lonhro gelding placed second in the City Jeep Handicap (955m), but failed to fire in the Cellarbrations Celebrate BM93 (1100m) in his only other start prior to the Bat Out Of Hell Handicap.
Diamond Oasis has been confirmed amongst a final field of eleven for the 2016 WJ Adams Plate, and while charged with overcoming a race-high 58kgs, will leave from the ideal barrier 3 with Dwayne Dunn aboard.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 WJ Adams Plate odds, for which Diamond Oasis can be taken at a quote of $6 for success.