2015 Australian Oaks the Target for Set Square

By: Jared Timms
December 15th, 2014

Announcing her arrival over an impressive four start campaign through the Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Ciaron Maher has revealed classy filly Set Square will be set for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) upon returning to competition in 2015.

Set Square will target the Group 1 Australian Oaks upon returning to racing in 2015. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Set Square will target the Group 1 Australian Oaks upon returning to racing in 2015. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Yet to finish outside the places over her short career so far, Set Square was interestingly beaten in a maiden event over 1350m at Donald on debut on September 13th, but broke through for a maiden victory just three weeks later in a sprint event over 1600m at Ballarat.

Making a successful transition to black type racing when charging home to win the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m) on October 18th, the Reset filly increased her value tenfold when finishing off a polished run to take out the featured Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) by close to two lengths on November 6th.

Having reportedly taken well to her time in the paddock, Maher told TVN he has been thrilled with the condition of Set Square since her return to the stable late last week and is confident she is more than capable of further success at the highest level through the 2015 Autumn Carnival.

“She has done really well in the paddock,” Maher said.

“She put on some weight after maybe five weeks out and she looks terrific.

“She is being prepared for the Sydney carnival with the Oaks her goal.”

Currently holding a strong hand of 2015 Autumn Carnival three-year-old contenders, Maher also confirmed talented colt Light Up Manhattan has returned to light work.

Securing one race win and a further two minor places over his eight start career, Light Up Manhattan finished fourth in each of the Listed U.C.I Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) to end his 2014 campaign and is likely to be geared towards the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in early April.

“He came from a mile back and was the run of the race,” Maher said of Light Up Manhattan’s Victoria Derby tilt.

“He’s going to Sydney for the Derby.”

The 2014 edition of the Australian Oaks was claimed by talented kiwi raider Rising Romance, while the Australian Derby was won by renowned stayer Criterion.

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