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LILY ISSUES SERIOUS CHALLENGE

May 24, 2015

Bohemian Lily (NZ) (O’Reilly) yesterday threw out a serious challenge to Winx (Street Cry) in next week’s Queensland Oaks with a dominant all-the-way win in The Roses at Doomben, jockey Blake Shinn giving a dashing display aboard the $3.50 second favourite, who thrashed her rivals to win by four lengths.

The filly clocked an impressive 2:04.08, more than half a second quicker than Upham had recorded two races earlier when winning the Grand Prix Stakes over the same distance. Shinn has vowed to make the 2200 metres of next week’s Group One Queensland Oaks a true staying test when Bohemian Lily clashes with Winx, who scored an astonishing last-to-first win in the Sunshine Coast Guineas last Saturday. “This filly likes to bowl along in front and she’s a natural stayer,” Shinn said. “I’d be more confident if the Oaks was over 2400 metres but I’ll ride her to her strengths and she’s got the right attributes for a stayer.”

Shinn acknowledges it won’t be an easy task taking on the Chris Waller-trained pair Winx and Ballet Suite (High Chaparral) in the Oaks but is confident Bohemian Lily will push them to the limit. “She’s made good progress since she’s been up here and she’s got one more box to tick next week,” he said.
“The Oaks is her grand final and it’s going to be a great race.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse said Bohemian Lily relished the genuine tempo established by Shinn. “I knew she would appreciate getting into a proper rhythm because her last race here was a stop-start tempo which didn’t suit her,” she said. “The penny’s really dropped with her since she’s been in Queensland and it’ll take a very good horse to beat her next week.”
New Zealand Oaks runner-up Platinum Witness (California Dane), sent out the $2.80 favourite, was on the wrong leg racing in the clockwise direction for the first time and laboured in the straight to finish sixth. – AAP TURF

Story from: New Zealand Thoroughbred News