Vandyke Confident of 100% Arabian Gold for Oaks

May 28th, 2014

Trainer David Vandyke is confident resounding pre-post favourite for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) Arabian Gold has not be affected by an incident involving the loss of a shoe during track work on Tuesday, and will be at full health when lining up at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Trainer David Vandyke is confident Arabian Gold will be fully fit for the 2014 Queensland Oaks

Trainer David Vandyke is confident Arabian Gold will be fully fit for the 2014 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Causing betting markets everywhere to be frozen when twisting and standing on a shoe in the early hours of Tuesday, Vandyke said Arabian Gold does not appear to have suffered any damage, with immediate reports making the incident sound far worse than it actually was.

“She had pilled it half odd and a couple of nails were in a compromising position” Vandyke told AAP.

“I was there and we managed to get the show off before she did any damage.

“We bandaged her foot and she galloped with no problems.

“She has new shoes on in front and we are optimistic. The farrier is confident there has been no damage.

“I think we have got out of jail.”

A notable performer throughout the spring of 2013, the Dubawi filly claimed three impressive victories in succession over minor events before finishing second to classy filly Guelph in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) most notably.

Contesting an impressive total of eight wins and two places from just 17 competitive appearances so far, Arabian Gold has undoubtedly hit career best form over her current preparation; overcoming three somewhat forgettable starts first-up with three impressive back-to-back victories; taking out the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and Group 2 The Roses (2000m) most recently.

Sending a shockwave through the racing community when a chance to be removed from field for the 2014 Queensland Oaks, Arabian Gold has maintained clear favouritism for success in this weekend’s Eagle Farm feature.

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