Hall Gives Miss Dominican Fighting Chance

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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.

Tim Walker
www.rwwa.com.au

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