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Bohemian Lily blossoms into Queensland Oaks contender

Bohemian Lily wins Group 2 The Roses at Doomben

Bohemian Lily wins Group 2 The Roses at Doomben

AFTER Blake Shinn jumped off Bohemian Lily a fortnight ago, he insisted there was no way the free-running filly would get beaten next time.

He was true to his word.

The dynamic team of Shinn and Gai Waterhouse injected extra spice into next Saturday’s Group 1 Queensland Oaks when Bohemian Lily romped to a dominant four-length win in The Roses (2020m).

With Chris Waller’s favoured Oaks duo of Winx and Ballet Suite at home in their boxes, Bohemian Lily showed she will be a serious contender.

Shinn made it a true staying test as he kept the filly chugging through her gears from the front and gave nothing else a chance.

Blake Shinn salutes after Bohemian Lily ran her rivals off their feet. Picture: Tara Cros

Blake Shinn salutes after Bohemian Lily ran her rivals off their feet. Picture: Tara Croser Source: News Corp Australia

And Shinn promised he would ride Bohemian Lily with similar arrogance in the Oaks and try to break the hearts of the Waller pair.

“She likes to bowl along so I will ride her to her strengths and just keep going with that good turn of foot she has from the front,’’ Shinn said. “It’s going to be an exciting Oaks and I can’t wait for her to tackle some of those other fillies.

“She has made good progression and when I rode her last time I swore she would not get beaten today. The Oaks is her grand final, the race she has always been set for, and the extra distance is only going to suit her.’’

Waterhouse’s confidence has grown with the New Zealand-bred filly in all of her three runs in Queensland.

Gai Waterhouse says it will take a good horse to beat Bohemian Lily in the Queensland Oak

Gai Waterhouse says it will take a good horse to beat Bohemian Lily in the Queensland Oaks. Picture: Tara CroserSource: News Corp Australia

She was beaten fair and square by Ballet Suite in the Princess Stakes but Waterhouse knew there was huge improvement under the saddlecloth.

“Wow, I’ve got no other word,’’ racing’s first lady said, after watching Bohemian Lily canter in.

“She has had three runs up here in Queensland and all of a sudden the penny has dropped.

“Sometimes horses from New Zealand just take a while to get into the right racing patterns in Australia. It will take a very good horse to beat her in the Oaks. And as everyone knows, I love backing up horses.’’

Originally published as Lily blossoms into Oaks contender

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Posted May 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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