Ungrateful Ellen Ready for 2015 Queensland Oaks

May 26th, 2015

Talented filly Ungrateful Ellen has posted several impressive results this season and trainer Robert Smerdon is confident she is capable of continued success in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben.

Craig Williams will partner Ungrateful Ellen in the 2015 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Craig Williams will partner Ungrateful Ellen in the 2015 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Posting two wins and four minors over a total eleven career starts so far, Ungrateful Ellen has been a standout over the Adelaide Autumn Carnival; running on for a credible fifth in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) before finishing third in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) despite being caught wide for much of the race.

Understandably thrilled with the results posted by the daughter of Grey Swallow already, Smerdon concedes she will have to kick up another gear if to compete with the likes of Winx in the 2015 Queensland Oaks but is confident she is more than capable of doing just that.

“She’s come through really well and has coped with the travelling and the runs,” Smerdon told Racing Ahead.

“A much tougher assignment with week. She was definitely unlucky in Adelaide.

“A much tougher task but she’s in good shape.

“Adelaide was obviously the target race for her but it was only her fourth run in, so she’s still full of herself and still ready to go.”

Performing well over the Spring Carnival, Ungrateful Ellen ran fourth in a Cranbourne minor over 1400m; progressing to second in the Callaghan Motors BM70 (1600m) and ending her campaign an impressive fourth in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

Running third in the Andy’s Earthmovers BM64 (1400m) on October 12th, the filly out of Degeneres charged home to win the Anzac Centenary Cup (1600m) in her only other start prior to the Australasian Oaks.

The 2015 Queensland Oaks final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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