Just three months remain until Victoria’s famous Flemington racecourse comes alive this spring, home to the coveted four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
As the early betting markets begin to heat up, horses and their connections around the country are gearing up for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with a number of fine fillies on track for a run in the 2010 Crown Oaks.
This year the Crown Oaks will take place on Thursday November 4, two days after Australia’s showcase race, the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).
One promising filly recently revealed as a possible Crown Oaks contender is the Greg Eurell-trained Pinker Pinker.
The rising three-year-old daughter of Reset caught Eurell’s attention last week when she claimed a brilliant come from behind victory in the Blixen Handicap (1200m) at Sandown.
Pinker Pinker was having just her second career start when she made up nearly 12 lengths on the heavy track to come from last on the final turn to power home along the inside to win by two and three-quarter lengths on Wednesday.
Jockey Chris Symons was full of praise, the victory having prompted Eurell to give Pinker Pinker a solid spring campaign; the Cranbourne-based trainer hopeful of having unearthed a Group 1 winner.
Eurell has trained many champion Australian racehorses including the recently retired Apache Cat and Mic Mac, with Pinker Pinker representing a new era for his stables.
Pinker Pinker will begin her spring campaign in August aiming for a run in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and the Crown Oaks at the end of the season.
Another filly proving she is worthy of a start in the Crown Oaks this November is the David Payne-trained Reem.
The Galileo filly claimed her maiden victory in her third career start a fortnight ago winning the Free Entry Today Handicap (1600m) at Warwick Farm, and showing her potential to win at Group level this spring.
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