Harsh lessons learned in Sydney could benefit VRC Oaks winner Personal in Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.
Personal’s latest trip to Sydney was a disaster from the outset.
Torrential rain forced the Sydney autumn carnival to be put back a week, which left Personal going into the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) with a four-week gap between runs.
While the programming changes were unfortunate, co-trainer Ben Hayes said the stable got their tactics wrong with Personal in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
The blunder resulted in Personal finishing nine lengths from the winner Hungry Heart in a below-par performance.
“Things didn’t go to plan in Sydney,” Hayes, who trains Personal in partnership with Tom Dabernig, said.
“We got her there the day before the race and she probably didn’t travel as well as we would have liked.
“In hindsight, we probably rode her slightly wrong by being positive on her. They did go very quick in front and it was her first disappointing run for us.
“We probably rode the track bias and not the horse. We learn from our mistakes.”
Hayes said Personal took no harm from the fruitless Sydney trip, quickly returning to her best back at Lindsay Park’s Euroa base.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver will need to be at his best on Personal from the wide gate in the Australasian Oaks. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Hayes and Dabernig decided to send Personal to South Australia last Sunday to give the Fastnet Rock filly time to settle into different surroundings.
“We’ve lost no faith in her,” Hayes said.
“We had her back at the stables here at Euroa and she’s eaten up and got into a great routine.
“We sent her down to Murray Bridge last Sunday and she’s settled in very well there. I really think she can bounce back and we’re full of confidence.”
Personal has an 18-point rating advantage over the next best runner in the Australasian Oaks field but the filly drew barrier 17.
Personal will start from barrier 15 after scratchings but she has the services of champion jockey Damien Oliver.
Hayes was happy to leave tactics to Oliver.
“We’ve drawn a wide gate on Saturday but I think we’ve just got to leave it up to Ollie,” Hayes said.
“He’s ridden the most Group 1 winners in Australia and he knows what he’s doing.
“I wouldn’t say we’ll be positive on Saturday. Put it that way.”
TAB has Personal at $9 in Australasian Oaks betting. Imported filly Steinem is the $3.90 favourite.
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Originally published asPersonal shakes off Sydney disaster to chase Oaks
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