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Lindsay Park co-trainer David Hayes predicts a bright three year old season for Oscietra after the daughter of champion mare Black Caviar pleased the stable in a barrier trial on the Geelong synthetic track today.

Oscietra is the first foal of champion mare Black Caviar, above. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Oscietra is the first foal of champion mare Black Caviar, above. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

“In her three-year-old year I think she will get to Stakes-class,” Hayes told racing.com.

“No one will ever be her mother but she certainly is going to do the family quite proud.

“She’s got well-above-average talent.”

Oscietra wasn’t out to have a hard hit out and Hayes said that she will line up again in another trial at Flemington on August 4 before she returns to the race track.

“I wanted to see her on this surface and have a look at Geelong because I might run her in a maiden here and hopefully she’ll have a nice win,” said Hayes who is a part of the Lindsay Park Team with Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

“She works on this surface at Lindsay Park a lot and she seems to love it.

“She’s got wonderful natural speed. She’s never going to be a giant but I’d say she is a few per cent bigger this time around.

“She had a nice blow and we’ll probably give her an easy trial at Flemington on the fourth (August) and then she’ll be ready to go.”

Jockey Regan Bayliss, who is on the comeback trail from a broken wrist, settled Oscietra off the pace and let her stride to the front at the top of the straight before easing her down in the run to the line.

“Very, very happy with her,” Bayliss said.

“I rode her a couple of times last preparation and she’s taken significant improvement into this preparation.

“I think she’s grown a little bit and is just a more mature filly. She put her head on her chest and just relaxed nicely underneath me and just cruised the whole way.

“David didn’t want me to do too much on her – just let her cruise – and I couldn’t be happier with what she did today.”

Oscietra has had one career start as a two year old and after showing pace and leading the field down the Flemington straight, faded over the concluding stages to finish third behind Limestone and Miss Wahoo in a 1000m two year old fillies Plate on New Year’s Day.

On reflection Hayes said that the Flemington straight might not have been the right choice for Oscietra’s first race start and she might have been better suited working around a corner on debut.

“She just went a bit free down the straight,” Hayes said.

“Probably the 1000m wasn’t the right choice up the straight with the open spaces and I think around the bend, she’ll relax and ping home.”

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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