SHOUT THE BAR
Sydney – Shout The Bar can complete a remarkable debut race campaign with another Group 1 success in the Aus$500,000 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have kept looking for any signs that she might have come to the end of her preparation, but their filly is “demanding” her chance in the fillies classic.
“We have always been open-minded about her and if at any stage she showed signs of having had enough, we would have backed off and given her some time out,’’ Bott said.
“But she has kept improving, she is thriving on her racing and her work so there is no reason to deny her the opportunity to run in the Oaks.’’
Shout The Bar only made her race debut in February, winning her maiden at the provincials.
Fast forward nearly two months and Shout The Bar has been a revelation, winning three of her four starts including the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at her most recent outing.
“She has just continued to make that necessary progression, she is a very tough filly,’’ Bott said. “Although she is by Not A Single Doubt, she is out of an O’Reilly mare, which is where she gets her stamina.
“We don’t know about her at 2400m but she has always indicated to us she should stay.’’
Shout The Bar is third favourite for the Oaks as the Waterhouse-Bott stable set out to continue their memorable run of success at the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
They have trained feature race winners on each of the past four Saturdays, including three Group 1 wins at Rosehill with Con Te Partiro (Coolmore Classic), Farnan (Golden Slipper) and Shout The Bar (Vinery Stud Stakes).
Entente kept the stable’s winning streak last Saturday when winning the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick.
Waterhouse and Bott will have a strong presence this weekend with Dorothy Of Oz joining Shout The Bar in the Oaks, Hush Writer is lining up in the Group Aus$1-million Sydney Cup (3200m), Dawn Passage contests the Group 2 Aus$500,000 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) and Yao Dash among entries for the Listed Aus$150,000 South Pacific Classic (1400m).
“Dorothy Of Oz was disappointing last Saturday but she over-raced a bit so we will take the blinkers off,’’ Bott said. “Hush Writer goes to the Sydney Cup and we are hoping for an improving track, that’s the key for him.
“Dawn Passage was excellent first-up, he probably should have won the Darby Munro Stakes, so we are expecting a very good run from him.
“Yao Dash didn’t race up to our expectations when he resumed but he has trialled well since and I we think he can bounce back.”
Australian Oaks Hot 3
* Probabeel tried hard when second in the Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m. She is a brilliant filly but has been up a long time and has never raced at 2400m. Her class will carry her a long way but there is a doubt at the classic distance.
* Nimalee has won four of her six starts and was impressive beating older horses on the Kensington track at her most recent run. Bred to stay and she has a tremendous will to win.
* Shout The Bar just keeps winning. Her only loss in four starts was a narrow second in the Kembla Grange Classic before scoring over 2000m in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She defied Probabeel in her last start with a strong staying effort.
Oaks Early Odds
$4.50 Shout The Bar
$15 Aviago, Bonvicini, Fascino, Game Of Thorns, Nimalee, Subpoenaed