Trainer Peter Moody wants to see inconsistent mare Oasis Rose hitting the long strongly in the Carpet Call Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Oasis Rose showed a great deal of talent as a filly in New Zealand, when under the care of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Graeme Rogerson, and finished second in the Lets Go To Turks Bar Handicap (1200m) at Hastings before finishing second behind subsequent Doncaster Handicap winner Sacred Falls in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park on November 10.
The Oasis Dream mare started her winter campaign with a sixth place finish behind Little Wonder in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa and made her Australian racing debut with a ninth place finish behind Platinum Kingdom in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben before finishing towards the tail of the field in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
Oasis Rose joined Moody’s stable after her winter campaign and had her first run for her new trainer when she finished fifth after missing the start in the Sportsbet.com.au Handicap at Kyneton (1200m) on November 6.
Moody said that he was happy with the four-year-olds first-up performance but is not particularly optimistic about her chances this weekend and is simply hoping that she will be running home strongly with the view of stepping her up to a mile for her next start.
“I thought that she ran super,” Moody told Racing Ahead on RSN.
“Vlad (Duric) probably pulled the trigger on her a bit early that day and she got shunted very wide but she kept on going until the line.
“She has good New Zealand form but it is a long while back.
“She is probably drawn to ride her quiet again, the pace is maybe a concern in this race, but I just want to see her closing off.
“I’m looking forward to getting her out to a mile where she was placed at Group 1 level as a three-year-old filly.”
2012 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Lady Of Harrods is the favourite in 2013 Carpet Call Handicap betting markets but there has been support for a number of runners; with Oasis Rose on the fifth line of betting at odds of $8.50.