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Group 1 Sires' beckons for maiden hope Oohood
Maiden runner Oohood is the current favourite for the Group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes on Day 1 of The Championships at Randwick
Oohood finishes second behind Estijaab in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Trainer Tony McEvoy is confident Oohood can break maiden status in Saturday's Group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick.
The two-year-old has placed in all five career starts but has yet to cross the line first. Despite her inability to win, bookmakers have Oohood as the favourite to win on Day 1 of The Championships and there's great confidence in the market.
Considered as the "best maiden in Australia", Oohood looks primed to shed the tag after running second in the Golden Slipper last month at Rosehill where she finished quickly in the worst part of the track.
"She's been knocking on the door and hopefully she's got another big run in her for us," McEvoy said.
"She's learning and learning and getting better all the time. She did everything correct in the Slipper and just missed."
Oohood was looking for extra distance in the Golden Slipper but gets it in the Sires' Produce Stakes. The 1400m race sets up perfectly for the $5 chance and McEvoy believes with more pressure applied to Slipper winner Estijaab, Oohood would have taken home the biggest two-year-old race in the world last start.
"There's no doubt if there had been more pressure applied to the winner, Oohood would have beaten her," McEvoy said.
"Zac (Purton) said at the 100 (metres) he thought he had it won but the other horse just found something. She had something left in the locker because she didn't get softened up mid-race.
"It was a bit frustrating."
The daughter of I Am Invincible, which is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, has raced exclusively in stakes grade which also included a third placing in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
McEvoy is confident the rise in distance is going to aid the classy filly.
"Watching all her runs it would be a positive, you'd think," McEvoy said.
"So I've got no qualms about her going to 1400."
Jockey Zac Purton is seeking his third win in the Sires' Produce Stakes after winning in 2006 with Excites and in 2016 with Yankee Rose, which also finished second in the Golden Slipper.
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