Oak Tree Stakes aim for all-weather scorer Carolinae

Group Three at Goodwood on the agenda

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Charlie Fellowes is optimistic Carolinae can prove as effective on turf as the all-weather after earmarking the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood as her next target.

Having claimed a sixth victory on an artificial surface in a Listed event at Chelmsford City last time out, the Makfi filly is being lined up for a first start at Pattern-race level in the seven-furlong Group Three event on August 3.

Fellowes said: “The win at Chelmsford was a plan well executed. It had been on the agenda since the race came up at the beginning of the year.

“We planned to race on the all-weather, then give her a break before heading to Chelmsford. The plan came off and she has now got big black type.

“She will race on for the rest of the year and we will just spread her races out. We have got the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood on our mind.

“She is rated higher on the all-weather than she is on the turf, but she has just not had the options on the turf.

“I think seven furlongs at Goodwood will really suit her. As long as the ground is decent, that is where we will go.”

Stablemate Repercussion could head to France following his no-show in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last week.

Fellowes said: “He is in the John Smith’s Cup, but he won’t go for that. He could go to Goodwood for the Betfred Mile or we might look at some Listed races over a mile for him in France.

“We thought the quick ground would be no problem to him, but clearly he handles soft ground better than most.

“What we learnt from the Royal Hunt Cup was that he wants cut in the ground and maybe a smaller field to run against.”

Oak Tree Stakes aim for all-weather scorer Carolinae
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