Ocean Dream Scratched from 2010 AJC Oaks – Speedy Natalie Moody’s Only Hope

April 16th, 2010

Premier Caulfield-based trainer Peter Moody has lost one of his fillies from this Saturday’s $350,000 Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks (2400m), Ocean Dream, as he attempts to win his first AJC Oaks.

The improving daughter of Redoute’s Choice has been withdrawn from the race following advice from veterinarians, leaving Moody with just one runner in the classic feature.

Ocean Dream, who was coming off a sixth place finish in the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes, was due to be ridden by champion hoop Glen Boss.

Boss is now without a ride in the AJC Oaks or the $1.5 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile on Saturday following the scratching of Walking or Dancing from the day’s premier event earlier in the week.

Moody still has his last start Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) winner Speedy Natalie engaged in the 2010 AJC Oaks, due to jump from the ideal barrier two.

Speedy Natalie is currently a $6 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au for a win on Saturday, as the Bart Cummings-trained Faint Perfume and Tony Vasil’s classy Encosta De Lago filly Valdemoro dominate the betting markets sitting at $2.25 and $3.20 respectively.

If the punters and bookies are spot on, it will be a repeat of last spring’s VRC Oaks quinella.