2015 Australian Oaks the Major Target for Set Square

February 5th, 2015

A standout performer over her maiden racing campaign through the 2014 spring, trainer Ciaron Maher has confirmed Group 1 winner Set Square will be set to an appearance in the major Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on Day 2 of The Championships this season.

Set Square will target the 2015 Australian Oaks upon her racing resumption this season. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Set Square will target the 2015 Australian Oaks upon her racing resumption this season. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Performing well in two regional races upon debuting to racing, Set Square made a successful step-up to black type company and metro racing when taking out the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 18th before displaying an exceptional late kick to take out the featured Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) last time out on November 6th.

Understandably thrilled with her maiden preparation, Maher told Racing Ahead the Reset filly had gained extra strength and condition over summer, displayed well in a Cranbourne barrier trial this week, and is excited by the prospects of success this time in.

“She’s coming up well,” Maher said.

“It was a pretty quick trial and I wasn’t out to set any records with her, she was just out to get her back in the swing of things and to have a nice blow, and she rounded it off nicely.

“She’ll have another one in a couple of weeks before head to the Armanasco on Blue Diamond Day at the end of the month.

“She was just very progressive and it was quite amazing what she did, coming from where she was. We kept raising the bar and she kept stepping up.

“If she improves again who knows where she’ll end up.”

Eyeing races like the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) long term during the 2015 Spring Carnival, Maher revealed Set Square will complete two runs in Melbourne before heading north for the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and 2015 Australian Oaks.

“It’s quite exciting with her – after having a break and putting on a bit of condition she looks like she’s furnish a bit more,” he said.

“The two races are the Vinery and the Oaks; there the two goals for us. She’ll have two runs down here at 1400 and a mile and then go up there.”

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