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Roger James aiming at Qld Classic
16 May 2016

Queensland Oaks hopeful Romantic Maid is in danger of missing a start in a Group Three race in Brisbane and could instead run in a midweek benchmark race at Randwick.

New Zealand trainer Roger James has accepted with the filly on Wednesday as insurance against her failing to make the field for Saturday's Doomben Roses, the winner of which gains an automatic Oaks start.

With prize money determining the order for the Roses, only four of the 29 fillies nominated on Monday earned less than Romantic Maid.

The Roses has a field limit of 16 with five emergencies.

The trainer had hoped to boost the filly's chances in a race at Rosehill last Saturday week in which she ran third.

She will wear blinkers at her next start.

"I was satisfied, but I thought she might have done better," James said.

"Michael Rodd felt she was very much in need of blinkers.

"We haven't had that feedback before, but it might be as a result of what happened when she clipped heels at Ellerslie."

Romantic Maid stayed on her feet in the incident in a Group Two race at Ellerslie but lost her rider Danielle Johnson. -AAP