Thousand Guineas the priority instead of VRC Oaks for opening favourite Argentia

Blueblood filly Argentia is the opening favourite for November’s VRC Oaks but the Flemington event is far from the minds of her trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman.

The daughter of Frankel was an impressive debut winner over 1100m at Flemington on June 5 before heading out for a short break. posted Argentia as the $8 favourite in its opening markets on both the VRC Oaks and Thousand Guineas. Sam Freedman said the latter was Argentia’s main spring goal in October.

“The Oaks is probably less likely just on what we are planning to do with her,” he said.

“We really want to look after her for her autumn campaign as well so the front of our minds is the Thousand Guineas.”

Argentia was an outstanding debut winner at the Flemington Racecourse in June. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Argentia’s dam Princess Coup won the New Zealand Oaks in the autumn of 2007. Argentia could tackle the Australian Oaks as an autumn three-year-old next year.

Freedman said Argentia enjoyed her short break and has started her spring build-up at the stable’s Mornington Peninsula base.

“She had three weeks off out in a paddock during the day and in a box at night,” Freedman said.

“She’s been back in now for a couple of weeks and still has some residual fitness there.

“She’s coming to hand well and could potentially resume in an Atlantic Jewel Stakes or something like that.”

The Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) will be run at The Valley on September 4.

Originally published asGuineas instead of Oaks for Argentia

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