New season four year old mare Oohood has been included among the nominations for the 2019 Group 3 $160,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Oohood is one of twenty horses nominated for the sprint down the Flemington straight and the Tony McEvoy trained mare will be having her first run back after finishing eighth behind Nakeeta Jane in the Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on March 2.
A win in the Group 1 $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2018 Sydney Spring Carnival is Oohood’s only victory from fourteen starts and McEvoy was disappointed with her Autumn Carnival form as a three year old filly when unplaced twice.
“I couldn’t put my finger on why she didn’t come up but she’s bounced back well this time,” McEvoy told AAP.
“I think she’s improved. Physically she’s stronger,” McEvoy said.
“We haven’t mapped out a program for her and we’re just waiting to she how she’s come back to racing.
“But if she runs well in the Aurie’s Star I think we could go on to the Memsie.”
A successful return to the racetrack could Oohood elevated back to Group 1 company with a start in the Group 1 $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31 a possibility.
Also entered in the Aurie’s Star Handicap in the Team Hawkes trained Sesar who failed to preform last start when sixth in the Group 3 $160,000 The Big Screen Company Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 27 after scoring an impressive first up win in the $125,000 Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick.
Nominations for the 2019 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||280x2810x8||HAY NOW||M||7||Shaun Dwyer||78|
|3||115040×333||HOLY BLADE||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||90|
|5||x574033272||I’M TELLING YA||G||6||Amy & Ash Yargi||73|
|6||8×67202214||MALIBU STYLE||G||8||Neville Parnham||104|
|7||1x32x6900x||MATERIAL MAN||G||8||Pat Carey||107|
|9||43214630×0||MR MONEY BAGS||G||5||Robbie Griffiths||82|
|11||273×577561||QUEEN ANNABEL||M||6||Rebecca Kelly||82|
|13||x9767x740x||SEABURGE||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||92|
|14||2154x17x16||SESAR||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|15||641292450x||SO SI BON||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||100|
|16||3x1x11118x||THE INEVITABLE||G||4||Scott Brunton||85|
|17||x4241x994x||TRIBAL WISDOM||G||6||Michael Moroney||88|
|18||x4993305x5||TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ)||M||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||84|
|19||x77027x90x||VASSILATOR (NZ)||G||4||Colin Little||98|
|20||3x811146x4||YOU MAKE ME SMILE||G||5||Jason Coyle||85|