2016 Australasian Oaks the Target for Miss Wilson

February 2nd, 2016

Trainer Simon Morrish has been impressed by the class displayed by Miss Wilson since her arrival to his care and has unveiled a bold plan to set the three-year-old on a course towards the 2016 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) this time.

Miss Wilson began her racing career across the ditch, under the guidance of John Bary in early 2015 and immediately stamped herself as one to watch; running second in the Kaspers Sports Maiden (1200m) on debut before placing fourth in the Listed Equine Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa on May 2nd.

Having returned to the paddock after placing fourth in the Listed Dandenong Stakes (1400m) at Sandown on November 14th, Morrish told Racing Victoria he is unsure if the filly will get a long trip at this stage, but she has taken plenty of benefit from her time away from racing and shows all signs she’ll be tough to beat this season.

“Realistically, it’ll be the three-year-old fillies races, but we’re also looking at an Adelaide path [SA Oaks],” Morrish said.

“Whether she can get to an Oaks journey, that’s what we tried to do last time but we came up short.

“Whether she has the physical capabilities to run the trip or not will be determined this preparation.”

Miss Wilson will make her competitive return at Ballarat on Wednesday this week and Morrish will gain a better gauge of what to expect of the daughter of Stratum following that run.

“Obviously if she can win that’d be a great bonus, but as long as Dwayne (Dunn) comes back and says, ‘She’s on target’… it’s not a bad little race, there’s a bit of form in the race,” Morrish said.

“It’s no gimme. But I’d be hoping she’ll be hitting the line.

“If she gets a good gallop into her… it is a stepping stone to where we’re heading, but I’d be hoping and expecting her to run well.”

Miss Wilson won the CE Bartlett Maiden Plate (1400m) at Ballarat on debut in Australia in October; progressing to sixth in a minor over 2000m and placing second in the Winning Edge Presentation BM64 (1600m) in her only other start prior to the Dandenong Stakes.

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