In-form filly High Fashion (NZ) will take the next step on a classic campaign in the NZB Insurance Oaks Prelude at Pukekura on Saturday.
High Fashion (3f O’Reilly – Pin High by Pins) has been successful at her last two starts winning over 1400m at Manawatu before claiming the G3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
Copper Belt Lodge trainer Kevin Gray admits that a 59kg handicap is not ideal for his filly this weekend. “We picked this race for her because she needed to have another run before targeting the Lowland Stakes and the NZ Oaks,” said Gray. “The handicap conditions are not to her advantage but she is a strong filly and I expect her to run another good race.
“Her work has been good, she is easy to train and I have no complaints with her. She’s come through the Desert Gold very well.”
The determined daughter of O’Reilly cost $30,000 from Waikato Stud at the 2011 Karaka Premier Sale and races for Gray’s stable clients Howard and Pam Forbes. Her older half-brother Ultimate Aim (Centaine) won a G2 Waikato Gold Cup and Listed Geelong Cup.
“You don’t see many O’Reillys getting up over big distances but she is out of a Pins mare which is in her favour,” Gray said. “She is a good doer with a great attitude and with that these fillies can go far.”