Caulfield trainer Mick Price is looking forward to seeing Oregon’s Day step up to the 2000m as she chases her first Group 1 win in the $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup at Doomben on Saturday.
Oregon’s Day put herself into Doomben Cup contention with her win in the Group 2 $358,000 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 5 and Price said that the Domesday mare is ready for the 2000m.
“I think 2000 metres, around Doomben will be great for her and I think she’ll be a live chance to win a Group One,” Price told AAP.
“The pleasing part about her is she’s got that genuine distance in her between a mile and 2000 metres and that opens up a heap of options for her.”
“The way she finished off the Hollindale was really pleasing.”
Oregon’s Day has raced in Group 1 company on three previous occasions with her best result being a second to Daysee Doom in the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival and then two starts latter finished fourth to Alizee in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on day two of The Championships on April 14.
The mare’s other Group 1 assignment resulted in a fifth to Foxplay in the 2017 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Oregon’s Day was a consistent performer during the Autumn and her fourth in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes was the only time she missed a place from four starts and also finished second to Flippant in the Group 3 $150,000 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington and second to Prompt Response in the Group 2 $200,000 Jim Beam Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
Top Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne was aboard Oregon’s Day for her win in the A.D. Hollindale Stakes the in-form hoop gets the ride again in the Doomben Cup this weekend.
The final field for the 2018 Doomben Cup will be released on Wednesday, May 16.
Early betting for the 2018 Doomben Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.20 Ambitious, $6 Oregon’s Day, $6.50 Satono Rasen, $10 Egg Tart, Tom Melbourne, $11 Comin’ Through, $13 Life Less Ordinary, Our Century, Roman Son, $15 Abbey Marie, $17 Tradesman, $21 All In Vogue, $26 It’s Somewhat, One Foot In Heaven, $34 Bedford, Consenuous, Ecuador, Man Of His Word, Rising Red, Sixties Groove, $41 or better the rest.