Jun 01, 2012
Conners chasing third Qld Oaks win
Friday, 1 June 2012 9:28 AM
Trainer Clarry Conners' confidence of winning his third G1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on Saturday with Invest have been boosted by a likely wet track and statistics.
Invest was the early favourite for the Queensland Oaks until drawing a horror barrier 22 in the 2400-metre race that has a full field of 18 plus five emergencies.
In most cases a wet track tends to neutralise wide barriers and seven Queensland Oaks winners have come from wider then gate 10 in the last two decades.
The last was Kiwi filly Miss Keepsake who jumped from barrier 11 in her 2010 triumph.
Invest is owned by Newhaven Park Stud's Kelly family who have been long time clients of Conners.
Conners has won the Queensland Oaks twice with Allow in 2003 and Zagalia three years later.
The astute Sydney trainer rates Invest superior to both his former Queensland Oaks winners and is hopeful the daughter of Dehere can live up to the stable's high expectations.
Invest goes into the Queensland Oaks as the best credentialed of the Australian fillies after having won the Group 1 Australasian Oaks and Group 3 Doomben Roses at her last two starts.
Invest was plagued by a hoof abscess last spring but the setback has proven to be a blessing as she was sent to the paddock earlier than planned which gave her more time to develop.
It was then that Conners formulated his long-term plan to try for the Australasian Oaks-Queensland Oaks double and sent the filly to his son Heath's Geelong stables, for her early winter preparation.
Conners is delighted with the progress Invest has made since her victory in The Roses, the traditional lead-up to the Queensland Oaks.
"Her effort to win The Roses at Doomben last start was very strong and I thought it was her best win," Conners said.
"I've been really happy with her work and she has done super since she has been up here."
Conners will see how Invest recovers from her run in the Queensland Oaks before deciding if she'll back up in the G1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm