Jockey keeps gaze on job at hand despite bad draw-南京夜网
发布时间：2018-04-16 20:44 阅读 次
JOCKEY Danny Nikolic remains upbeat about the chances of Gaze in Saturday’s Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm despite her faring poorly at yesterday’s barrier draw.
Nikolic will ride the New Zealand three-year-old for the first time in Saturday’s 2400m feature and has been charged with the task of helping her overcome barrier 14 in the field of 20.
It’s a challenge Nikolic believes the Roger James-trained filly is up to.
Gaze raced on the speed when runner-up to Super Lacuna at the Gold Coast on her Australian debut then settled off the pace and produced a powerful burst to win the Doomben Roses last start.
It is that versatility Nikolic will draw on in the Oaks.
“She has drawn a bit awkwardly but I will see how much speed is in the race going to the first turn and that will determine where I travel in the run,” Nikolic said.
“I have watched her last couple of runs, she’s a filly with good tactical speed if you want to use it but being an Oaks I will just let the pace of the race determine my decisions.
“She is definitely still the horse to beat, her last win says that.”
Bookmakers agree and Gaze has retained favouritism at $2.80 with TAB Sportsbet.
Zac Purton has also been given a tough task with his mount, the Tony Wildman-trained Limani, drawing barrier 17, although Purton said the alley was the least of his pressing concerns.
“I’ve had no luck on her,” Purton said.
“I rode her once at Flemington during the spring and she took out all the rose bushes heading out on to the track then the second time I rode her was at Wyong and she fell.
“Hopefully it will be a case of third time lucky.”
Limani was rated a $51 chance with TAB Sportsbet after the barrier draw and is unlikely to win support from punters.
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