Sentimental Miss wins the Oaks

Sentimental Miss wins the Oaks

Sentimental Miss provided the Go Racing Yesteryear Syndicate with a dream result in the $400,000 G1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.

“It is the ultimate, it’s the top level and this is what we do it for,” said syndicate manager Albert Bosma.

“She is such a laid-back filly that we had no doubt about the ground and that she’d stay.

“It’s funny, she was the last horse we syndicated in her year. It took us ages to get her done and now it’s a great result. She’s a very good staying filly and there is lots more in front of her.

Go Racing purchased the attractive grey filly for $40,000 out of her breeder’s The Oaks Stud’s draft at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Select Yearling Sale and she has now won over $270,000 in prize-money.

Trained to perfection by Lisa Latta Sentimental Miss was expertly handled by Lisa Alpress who was riding the three-year-old filly for the first time.

 “I was quite confident,” Allpress said.

“We were just getting a lovely run, she was very relaxed and first time in blinkers. I was conscious of Murray Baker’s horses in front of me and they started dragging me into the run but they were under the bat.

“I thought I need to be a bit more patient but when it got to the top of the straight patience went out the window but she just kept fighting.” 

While Bosma was quick to credit her training effort, Latta credited the edition of blinkers and her staying pedigree for the attractive grey’s win. 

“We walked away from the Lowland (ninth over 2100m, Gr.2) wondering whether we should press on or not, but we decided to put the blinkers on today and I think that has made a huge difference,” she said.

“When she came through on the inside I thought she’d do well if she could run third or fourth.

“But she is bred to stay and it’s fantastic.

“She is a very easy filly and that’s why putting the blinkers on today didn’t really worry us.”- NZ Racing Desk/Picket Fence