Rebel Raider filly Pretty Punk will not run in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) despite an impressive placing against the colts in the Listed Geelong Classic last week.
Speaking at Moonee Valley on Friday evening, trainer Leon Macdonald revealed the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) will be her spring grand-final at Flemington this Saturday.
“I thought we could win on the turn at Geelong but she only paddled for the last furlong,” Macdonald said. “I think 2000 metres is as far as she wants at this stage.”
Owner Harry Perks would have been required to lodge a $55,000 late-entry fee for the VRC Oaks. “The Wakeful is a much better fit for the filly,” Macdonald added. “She will come back all the better for that decision in the autumn.”
Pretty Punk registered the first black-type win for Rebel Raider when she was successful in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) in Adelaide last month. Perks bought her dam Reliability for $35,000 from Katsumi Yoshida at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands.
Reliability is by Japanese sire Kurofune from a three-quarter sister to Irish-bred LR Bendigo Cup winner Forlona (Nashwan).
Rebel Raider (Reset) won the G1 Victorian Derby (2500m) for Perks and Macdonald in 2008 and he stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.