Boulevard Betty Targets Tasmanian Oaks

By: Sarah Fortnum
November 18th, 2011

Three-year-old filly Boulevard Betty is being aimed towards a start in the Tasmanian Oaks this summer.

The Delzao filly has won her only previous start in a Geelong Maiden and will resume once again at Moonee Valley this Saturday after a brief spell.

“Really I think she will get over a bit of ground,” Cranbourne trainer Tom Cowan said.

“She works like a stayer, she feels like a stayer and we train her that way.

“Before her first run her trials had been OK but she is a very lazy track worker and her trial times weren’t very flash.

“It was hard to line her up really until she went out and the squeeze was put on her in a race.

“It was the first time she had been off the bit and asked to do anything very seriously.”

Boulevard Betty was purchased from the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale for just $3000.

Her trainer is confident she has the ability to win Saturday’s 1,200m TattsBet.com Handicap, but feels the distance may be too short for her.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she did win but on paper you have to be realistic,” Cowan said.

“There are also a couple of others there that will be better suited to 1200 meters than her.

“She might get back and around the Valley have to be ridden for luck from that barrier.

“If she can finish in the first four of five and be working to the line solidly I would be more than happy.

“Really it is a race to kick her off and see where we are at with her and then step her up over a bit further.

“Once she gets 1400 metres, a mile or further I think she will come into her own and if that is the case she would be an ideal horse to take to Tasmania in February for the Oaks.”

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