Jockey Peter Hall played a key part in getting Tuscan Queen to favouritism for Saturday’s City Of Belmont-WA Oaks (2400m), now he’s hoping to spring an upset aboard one of her rivals.
Hall rides Miss Dominican for trainer Fred Kersley in the Group 3 event for the three-year-old fillies after they teamed up for victory over 1800m at Ascot last Wednesday.
Despite being a $67 outsider for the event, Hall said he wouldn’t be surprised if Miss Dominican went close in the $250,000 event.
“I watched her 1000 Guineas replay before I rode her last start and she did pull a little bit,” he told TABradio.
“She was flat out up the straight but there wasn’t really anywhere to go.
“I went into her last start with an open mind and I must say she gave me a really good feel.
“She really finished off the race pretty nicely.
“Realistically, if I could sneak her into third place I’d be pretty happy.
“I was pretty happy with the feel she gave me, not the same as Tuscan Queen but I think she’s on the way up.”
Tuscan Queen heads up betting for the Group 3 feature at $1.55 ahead of Cambist at $7, while Mood Goddess ($8) and Pambella ($9).
Hall said the favourite would prove very hard to beat after riding her to victory a fortnight ago in the main lead up race.
“I think if we raced in lanes and nothing got in anything’s way she would be far superior,” he said.
“First-up I had to sit back last and I had to wait for the sprint to go on.
“I pulled her out and we were chasing horses like Superstorm and I thought she gave me a great feel that day.”
A field of eight has been assembled for the Schweppes-Melvista Stakes (2200m) where J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m) runner-up Bogart is expected to be hard to beat.