Summerbliss tackles Australian Oaks

Apr 19, 2013

by Brad Bishop, Racing Victoria


A classy New Zealander was all that denied Mick Kent and Rick Jamieson ATC Australian Derby glory last week.

The Cranbourne trainer and prominent owner/breeder, who bred Black Caviar, combined for second in the Derby with Philippi, who led home the chasing pack – albeit six lengths astern – superstar colt It’s A Dundeel.

Jamieson’s all black colours will be chasing three-year-old Group 1 success at Randwick again this weekend with Summerbliss to contest the $550,000 ATC Australian Oaks.

Again it is a Kiwi who looms as the stumbling block with New Zealand Derby winner Habibi the $3 favourite.

“The Kiwis, hey? They shouldn’t let them in,” Kent said with a chuckle. “That New Zealand filly looks very good, but we’re in the mix I think.”

Kent has always thought Summerbliss would make a top-quality stayer and turned his attention to the ATC Oaks as soon as she finished third behind Dear Demi and Zydeco in the Crown Oaks at Flemington in November at just her third start.

After two solid runs at Moonee Valley during March, Summerbliss travelled north for the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), finishing seventh behind Norzita after travelling wide.

Kent knows what it takes to win Sydney’s Oaks, having won with Absolutely two years ago, and while they are different fillies, he said Summerbliss would relish the 2400 metres of tomorrow’s event.

“Absolutely had a good turn of foot, but this filly’s really always been a stayer from day one,” Kent said.

“I’m happy with her. I went up there Tuesday and watched her work, she worked well, so I just hope things go well.

“She’s had a run around the Sydney way, she didn’t have much luck in the race, but I thought she stuck to her guns well considering the run she had and she’s worked well since so we’re hopeful.”