Former New Zealand filly Lisa Lincoln is being aimed at the Redcliffe Oaks.
The $20,540 fillies feature is scheduled for Friday, June 8, the same night as the Gr.3 $30,540 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup.
The American Ideal filly has not raced since finishing sixth behind brilliant filly Shez All Rock in a heat of the New South Wales Oaks at TABCORP Park, Menangle back on February 17.
But trainer Melissa Gillies is confident her filly is ready to produce.
“We freshened her following the Sydney trip and wanted her ready for the winter carnival features; we’re going to look at all the Oaks classics in the coming weeks.” Gillies said who co-trains the filly with husband Keith.
In six Australian starts to date, Lisa Lincoln has won twice and finished as a runner-up on another two occasions.
A first-up victory at Albion Park in a heat of the Seymour Pot of Gold on December 22 in 1:54.9 was followed by a brave second behind boom three-year-old Colt Thirty One the following week in 1:54.1.
In her next two starts, again in a Pot of Gold series at Albion Park, Lisa Lincoln chased home Fame Assured, a key rival in the coming weeks as both fillies chase Oaks glory.
A sharp public trial at Redcliffe last night (Wednesday) proved the filly was on target for the upcoming features.
Lisa Lincoln rated 1:58.3 for the 1780m workout while scoring by a widening margin.
“It was a good trial and we know there’s a lot more improvement to come, we wanted to make her have a look at the track and be sure she handled it.
“She’s in good order and it will be competitive racing in the coming weeks but we think she deserves a shot.”
The Gr.3 $30,540 South East Oaks is scheduled for July 7 while the Gr.2 $75,540 Queensland Oaks will take place the following week.
Both events will be staged at Albion Park.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | May 17 | Photo by Dan Costello