Erkelens confirms Friar Fox WA Oaks ready

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On Sunday trainer Justine Erkelens said Friar Fox was in fine shape heading into the WA Oaks in just under a fortnight. Picture: Anita McInnes

TRAINER Justine Erkelens of Muchea says Friar Fox has pulled up fine after her win in the Natasha Stakes (2200m) at Ascot yesterday.

On Sunday, April 1 Erkelens confirmed the WA Oaks (2400m) on April 14 was still the next goal for Friar Fox.

At Ascot after the Blackfriars and Pearlesque filly’s impressive win Erkelens said she would continue on to the Group 3 event as long as she pulled up okay the next day.

Jockey Shaun O’Donnell, who rode also Friar Fox in the Ascot 1000 Guineas on March 17 where she finished second, said he was very confident going into the Oaks.

“She had no luck last start (but) when she got the run late it was a good effort,’’ he said.

“(Being) one-off helped me and the tempo was nice, nothing annoyed me and she just dominated – it was great.’’

He hoped everything worked out in a fortnight’s time for the Oaks but said it was a credit to the smart three-year-old who just settled and then when you wanted her to go she did just that.

Meanwhile, Eglinton trainer Bill Doughty said he planned to start Rockon Tommy in a 1200m handicap on WA Oaks day.

On Saturday at Ascot Rockon Tommy did not get off to the best start in Amelia Park Handicap (1100m) before he settled second last.

After the field entered the home straight the Vital Equine and Sushi Quatro gelding charged down the outside to finish third behind the winner Necklet and second-placed Mizlecki.

This afternoon Lancelin trainer Ashley Maley won the Albany Cup with Push To Pass.