Chris Waller included leading fillies Wine Tales and Ballet Suite in nominations for Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) earlier this week but has confirmed the stable mates will be kept apart; with only the former to line up in the feature race.
Both Wine Tales and Ballet Suite laid great accounts for themselves through the Sydney Autumn Carnival and finished towards the pointy end of key black type races on several occasions.
Underlining the Brisbane Winter Carnival and possible tilt at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) as the path for Ballet Suite, Racing Manager for Waller Liam Prior told AAP the team is thrilled with the condition of Wines Tales and are confident Hugh Bowman will get the best from the filly in the 2015 Australasian Oaks.
“We have decided to keep them apart,” Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior said.
“Wine Tales is set to go from Sydney to Adelaide on Thursday and Hugh Bowman will ride her in the Oaks.
“She should get her chance in a Group One over 2000 metres on firmer ground than last time.”
Posting two race wins and a further five minors through her ten start career so far, Wine Tales stamped her claims as one to watch from her maiden appearance on course; taking out the Ibis Milano Restaurant Maiden (1100m) before running second to Delectation in the TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1200m) during a brief campaign last winter.
Returning in spring for second in the Cellarbrations BM73 (1400m), the Tale Of The Cat filly returned to the winner’s circle in the Bill Gilmour Tennis Centre Plate (1350m) and placed a close second to Wawail in the Listed City Of Greater Dandenong Stakes (1400m).
Having placed second in each of the Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) and Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) most notably over four starts this time, Wine Tales has been allocated the central barrier 8 and is currently available at 2015 Australasian Oaks odds for $9 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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