Melbourne trainer Mike Moroney is willing to forgive Play That Song for her last start failure and will let the filly take her place in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Moroney was hoping for a better performance from Play That Song when she lined up in the Group 2 $175,000 Magic Millions The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 12 but the Smart Missile filly failed to fire and was beaten six and a half lengths when seventh to the Chris Waller trained Youngstar.
“She was disappointing last time,” Moroney told AAP.
“She ran into the race from last as though she was going to win it and then stopped.
“It was like something had happened to her but then she picked up and ran home late again.
“Even the rider was confused.
“He said he thought he was going to win it and she’s usually one that finishes off.
“Whether she hit a bad spot, I don’t know, but we just couldn’t work it out.
“It’s one of the strangest ones I’ve had for a long time.”
Play The Song has come through a vet’s inspection with the all clear and Moroney said that the filly will take her take her place in the Queensland Oaks field when acceptances are taken on Wednesday morning.
Play That Song will be lining up against a similar bunch of fillies that she competed against in The Roses with Waller to have multiple runners again, including the impressive The Roses winner Youngstar.
Youngstar scored a hat trick of wins with her victory in The Roses and has been installed as the $2.70 Queensland Oaks favourite in pre-post betting at Ladbrokes.com.au while Play That Song is listed as a $15 chance.
Early betting for the 2018 Queensland Oaks at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.70 Youngstar, $4.60 Another Dollar, $7 Aloisia, $8.50 Savacool, $11 Coral Coast, Sheezdashing, $13 Terra Sancta, $15 Play That Song, $17 Tinkermosa, $21 Highway, $34 Miss Shanti, Twilighter, $51 She’s Reliable, $61 Impulsive, Saint Katarina, $81 Protest, $101 Via Veneto, $251 Delaney’s Desire, She Salutes.