Veterinary Exam to Decide 2015 Australian Oaks Berth for Set Square

March 31st, 2015

Having noticeably sweated-up prior to her disappointing performance in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) over the weekend, trainer Ciaron Maher has revealed Group 1 winner Set Square will undergo a veterinary exam to decide whether or not she will progress to the 2015 Australian Oaks (2400m) on Day 2 of The Championships.

Set Square will undergo a veterinary exam before accepting into the 2015 Australian Oaks field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Set Square will undergo a veterinary exam before accepting into the 2015 Australian Oaks field. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Released onto the Rosehill course early after becoming agitated in the parade ring, Set Square worked herself into a competitive position during the running of the Vinery Stud Stakes but was unable to produce much of a kick in the final straight; fading for eleventh.

Revealing she has pulled up OK from the Vinery Stud Stakes flop, Maher told AAP every precaution will be taken with the daughter of Reset, but the 2015 Australian Oaks remains a very realistic prospect.

“She’s pulled-up all right,” Maher said.

“She had a slow recovery but she ran her race before she actually got in the race.

“We’ll do a few tests on her to make sure she’s OK.

“Provided they’re OK we’ll give her a gallop and then we’ll go to the races.”

Debuting to racing over the 2014 Spring Carnival, Set Square ran third in a Donald maiden race over 1354m first-up; progressing to a maiden victory in the Sportsbet Fixed Odds Maiden Plate (1600m) on October 8th.

Making a successful transition to both metropolitan and black type racing in taking out the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day, the filly out of Dynastar stamped her claims as a serious racing contender when charging home to take out the featured Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) by close to two lengths on November 6th.

Having placed third in each of the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 2 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) prior to the Vinery Stud Stakes, Set Square has dropped in favouritism in 2015 Australian Oaks betting markets over the last few days and is now tied on the fourth line of betting with Thunder Lady at a quote of $9 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

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