Giving trainer Mick Price a black-type double on Australian Guineas Day, OREGON’S DAY won the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington on Saturday in impressive style.
Ridden by jockey Damien Oliver, she dug deep to hold off race favourite Clarice Cliffs and VRC Oaks winner Aristia.
‘She seems to have come back as good as ever and will be well placed in the mares races in Sydney over autumn,” Damien said after the race.
Price said he hadn’t trained her hard in the lead-up as she has done a fair amount of racing. “We were looking for a nice third or fourth so it’s great to get a win in a Group Three race and she’s now not far off wining $1 million prize money.”
The mare is a homebred and raced by a large group of Victorian based owners, who also owned and raced the now-retired dam, Oregon Seal. She herself Victorian bred from Lambourn Stud, Oregon Seal was a Group 3 Tesio Stakes winning mare trained by 1976 Melbourne Cup winning jockey-turned-trainer, Bob Skelton. Headed up by Mr P. and Mrs M. Girolami, the Oregon’s Day ownership also includes members of Bob’s family, as well as the Danaher, Holden, McCue, Gehrig, Power, Clarke and King families.
By Silver Slipper Stakes winner Domesday, the five year old mare has now had 25 starts for 5 wins, 5 seconds & 3 thirds. Nominated for both Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, nearly $20,000 of her prizemoney has come from VOBIS program bonuses.
Beaten on debut at Terang in April 2016 as a two year old, Oregon’s Day improved quickly to win the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield at her second start.
During her three year old campaign, she won the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley before taking out a mare’s 1400 metre handicap at her home track of Caulfield in September 2017.
Keeping her in top company for most of her career, Price’s mare finished fifth in the 2017 Queen of the Turf, as well as narrow defeats in the 2018 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes and Group 1 Coolmore Classic. However a trip further north to Queensland saw Oregon’s Day add another win to her name after defeating Tom Melbourne and Man of his Word the Group 2 A.D Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast in May 2018.
Having been given the time to mature and with a number of Group and Listed winners throughout her bloodlines, including multiple Group 1 winner Hawkspur, it’s no wonder her trainer and owners are chasing Group 1 Glory.
Nominated for the All Star Mile but unfortunately not making the cut, Mick will now travel his mare north to Rosehill Gardens in an attempt to go one better in this year’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic on Saturday 16 March.
“She’s a class mare and I’m hoping she can fluke a Group One, one of these days.” Mick said.