Trainer Peter Morgan will wait until next year before putting Oasis Bloom on a Cups campaign after the mare put up a tough performance in taking out the Group 2 $220,000 Top Cut Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley today.
Morgan and co-trainer Craig Widdison will give Oasis Bloom two more runs before a spell with the long term plan to target next year’s Cups in the Spring.
“We’ve always had a big opinion of her. Her target is the cups next year and we didn’t accept for the Caulfield Cup this year so we’ll look after her,” Morgan said.
“She will probably have one more run and go to the Matriarch and then save her for next year.”
The Group 2 $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) is run at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and Oasis Bloom’s breeding suggest that she will handle the 2000m at this stage of her career.
Big race jockey Glen Boss wrapped up a winning treble on Oasis Bloom after having scored on Love For Ransom for trainer Greg Eurell and Happy Trails in the Group 2 $300,000 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
Boss wasn’t worried when he elected to let Oasis Bloom stride up outside the leader at the 1000m when the powerfully built mare started to charge into the bit.
“She’s seventeen hands and all power. She’s so strong. They were going so slow down the back, why so fight her? I let her roll to the front then she started to relax on me, that was a great sign” Boss said.
“I always felt like I was going to win the race. She got into her rhythm around about the 1000m and really relaxed for me. She then surged with that inside runner.”
“I thought it was a sign of a horse with a little bit of talent.”
Oasis Bloom maintained her momentum to the line to hold out Spirit Song who charged up along the fence with the Peter Moody trained mare Chateau Margaux running on down the middle of the track for third.