John O’Shea’s daughters on target for Scone
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John O’Shea will build on girl power in the distance races at Scone on Saturday when he continues the success of the stakes with two talented mares and a pair of promising fillies.
O’Shea will double up in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) with placegetter Hawkesbury Crown Fashchanel and the retaking Gai Soleil, both looking for a decisive black-type victory.
Beautifully bred Fashchanel by I Am Invincible and Group 1 winner Elegant Fashion was edged out by Exotic Ruby and Pippali at Hawkesbury and both are among her rivals at Scone.
But O’Shea can make the case for his speedy mare reversing those fortunes.
Fashchanel fired the rails at the last start and if the ER doesn’t work she’ll jump from gate 14 on Saturday, a tie that O’Shea says will be more of a help than a hindrance.
“It won’t be a disadvantage,” O’Shea said.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of speed there, much like the race at Hawkesbury.
“I thought Brenton (Avdulla) would be able to cross and we were dictated to a bit the other day at Hawkesbury but let’s change the barriers this time and we can dictate to them so we’ll see if we can change the result.”
The Gai Soleil is shaping up to be one of her toughest opponents after winning four of her first five runs, while her teammate Comrade Rosa has been refreshed for her Listed mission Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m).
The filly has been competitive in good company in her last two starts and will be wearing blinkers for the first time, a ploy O’Shea hopes will help her travel better at the start of the race.
“She’s a talented filly. The 1100 is probably a little short of her best but refreshed and with the blinkers on, hopefully that will do,” he said.
Two-year-old Lady Harlem completes her women’s contingent in the Vinery Woodlands Stakes (1100m) and looks to have her share of talent after finishing second to Kindergarten Stakes winner Semillion in her lone start in October.
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