Maastricht Set for 2015 Australian Oaks

February 6th, 2015

Returning to the paddock prior to her major spring goal over her most recent campaign, Team Hawkes have confirmed exciting filly Maastricht will be set for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) upon returning to racing this year.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes confirmed the 2015 Australian Oaks will figure as the major target for Maastricht this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes confirmed the 2015 Australian Oaks will figure as the major target for Maastricht this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Yet to finish outside the places through her short four race career to date, Maastricht has not been seen at the races since placing second to subsequent Group 1 champion Set Square in the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m) on October 18th; appearing to figure as the winner late but failing to attack the line.

Confirming a minor race at Canterbury on Friday as her first point of call this season, co-trainer Michael Hawkes is confident the team’s decision for an early spell will pay dividends over autumn, particularly when reaching the 2015 Australian Oaks on Day 2 of The Championships.

“It is not where they start, it is where they finish,” Hawkes told The Daily Telegraph.

“She is a nice filly and the form around her is exceptional.

“We were heading to the (Crown) Oaks with her last spring but it was her first preparation and we just felt she had had enough after she ran second at Caulfield.

“But the spell has done her the world of good; she has had a nice trial and is ready to start her campaign.”

Placing seventh in a Rosehill barrier trial prior to her racing debut, Maastricht charged home to win an Echuca maiden event over 1209m in July before immediately returning to the paddock.

Returning for a similarly impressive win in the 49 Day To Bendigo Cup BM64 (1400m), the Mastercraftsman filly ran a close second to Fontein Ruby in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) on October 4th, in what figured as her only other start prior to the Ethereal Stakes.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Australian Oaks is due to be completed and released by midday, April 8th.

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