TRAINER Adam Trinder will take a two-pronged attack into Sunday’s Brooklyn Park Tasmanian Oaks with Our Long Sali and Secret Gold to represent the in-form stable.
Secret Gold has shown her liking for the 2100 metres but it is Our Long Sali that is sure to have strong punter support and the trainer also regards her as clearly his best winning chance in the $100,000 Listed race.
“Secret Gold deserves her place in the field because she has shown a liking for the longer distances with her efforts over 1600-2100 metres so she should acquit herself well on Sunday,” Trinder said.
But on exposed form and what she has accomplished in the past Our Long Sali will give this race a shake if she has better luck than she has had at her past two outings.
“She has drawn a decent barrier (7) on Sunday and that should enable rider Anthony Darmanin to get her into a nice spot early in the race and if she can be saved for a sustained sprint to the line the others will know they are in a race.”
Our Long Sali was second to the Godolphin filly Rock Dove in the Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) in Hobart at her most recent outing but she had no luck that day having to start from a near outside gate and she was forced to cover extra ground and was then held up at a crucial stage of the race.
Rock Dove has been installed favourite at $2.80 after her Strutt Stakes win and according to Godolphin’s assistant trainer Necim Dilmi, the filly has thrived since her last start.
“Rock Dove has done very well since her win in Hobart and she has been to the Launceston track twice to gallop on the grass since she’s been stabled in the north of the state, giving her an advantage over the other interstate horses,” Dilmi said.
Top Tasmanian jockey Brendon McCoull rode Rock Dove in the Strutt Stakes and he has retained the ride on Sunday.
McCoull also drove from Hobart to Launceston early Tuesday morning just to ride the filly in a track gallop at Mowbray and he said she felt “great”.
Of the 11 final acceptors, seven are from interstate with Rock Dove clearly the best-performed while Our Long Sali and Glass Warrior, that was second to Cossetot in the Tasmanian Derby, are the best of the four local fillies.