An Adelaide Group 1 target will be the focus of Thousand Guineas winner Odeum’s autumn campaign, which could open doors for a Cox Plate tilt in the spring.
Odeum developed rapidly in the spring. The filly went from a Moe maiden win on debut in August to easily winning the Thousand Guineas three starts later.
Sydney mare Shout The Bar narrowly denied Odeum another Group 1 win at her last start in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington last October.
“She’s one of those really good fillies,” Michael Kent Jr, who trains Odeum in partnership with Mick Price, said.
“In her first preparation, we didn’t know whether she was a Saturday filly or Listed class but she just kept clearing the hurdles. She ended up winning a Group 1 by two lengths.”
Price and Kent Jr resisted the temptation to prepare Odeum for richer Sydney races earlier in the autumn. The duo preferred to instead give the three-year-old a full spell ahead of an Adelaide preparation, culminating with the Australasian Oaks on May 1.
Jockey Michael Walker had time for a cheeky pose as Odeum crossed the line in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Photo: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“Odeum just came back into the stable two days ago and she’s off to the Australasian Oaks,” Kent Jr said.
“She went two weeks extra after the Thousand Guineas and ran on Derby Day so we wanted to give her a full spell of five weeks, which was important after a busy first campaign.
“She looks enormous.
“She’ll run in the all the Adelaide lead-up races to the Oaks, the Laelia Stakes, the Auraria (Stakes) on the way to the Group 1.”
Kent Jr said connections wanted to test the daughter of Written Tycoon over 2000m. Running out a strong 2000m would widen the options available to Odeum, which could include a Cox Plate bid.
“The owners are pretty keen to have a look at her at 2000(m),” Kent Jr said. “If she gets it properly, then they’ll have that option in the spring.”
Originally published asAdelaide autumn assault for Thousand Guineas winner
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