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Pilly puts Ollie back on top


Pilly’s Wish (Image courtesy of Bruno Cannatelli)

Damien Oliver boosted his metropolitan premiership hopes on Saturday at Moonee Valley, his victory aboard the Mick Price-trained Pilly’s Wish giving him a double.

The triumph in the $40,000 Bunny – Measure Twice, Cut Once Handicap (1000m) provided Oliver with a running double following his earlier success aboard pick-up ride Smashing Doubt in the$40,000 William Hill Cox Plate On Sale Now Handicap (1500m).

Oliver, who joined Craig Williams on 45 wins for the season, one ahead of Dwayne Dunn, said he made the decision to stay in Melbourne for a few weeks rather than chase potential Group 1 rides in Queensland.

“I’ve done a lot of travelling this year, I think I was away 10 Saturdays in a row with Sydney, Adelaide and then Brisbane so I was happy to stay home for a few weeks before I go to England to ride Wandjina at Royal Ascot,” Oliver said.

“It’s a great battle this year, there’s not much between myself, Craig and Dwayne so when it gets to that pointy end of the season and you’re close it’s worthwhile having a go at it.”

WATCH: Oliver pilot Pilly’s Wish to victory

After settling at the tail of the field early, Pilly’s Wish ($2.90F) swept around the field to win by half-a-length over Jetello ($6), with Down The Hatch ($6.50) a further 3.5 lengths away in third.

Price said the credit for the victory needed to go to legendary jumps trainer Eric Musgrove, who helped to prepare the daughter of Bel Esprit at Price’s Coronet Bay stable.

“This horse wouldn’t have won had she been trained at Caulfield,” Price said.

“She’s a difficult filly to train as she hits the back of one of her sesamoids in her work but Eric and the team do a great job with her.

“They put her in a paddock during the day and they spend a lot of time at the Coronet Bay beach and while I don’t have a lot of horses there at the moment, I’d like to have more.”


Posted May 31, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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