Cambridge trainer Roger James
has no idea how Romantic Maid might handle a wet track for Saturday's Gr.1
Queensland Oaks but can list few other negatives for the progressive High
Romantic Maid arrived in
Brisbane earlier this week after a last-start Randwick Rating 70 win clinched
her a spot in the three-year-old fillies Classic at Eagle Farm.
She has now won three of her
six starts and goes into the Oaks (2400m) in peak order, according to her
"Her work has been
rock-solid. She's ready to run a big race," James said.
"She's just thriving over
here. I was very mindful that this was her first preparation and she's done a
bit of travelling but she's handling it like a seasoned pro.
"She took two or three
days to settle into her routine in Sydney but she's arrived in Brisbane and
just hasn't missed a beat."
Track conditions at Eagle Farm
were listed as a good 4 on Thursday but significant rainfall is predicted in
the area which could lead to testing going for runners on Saturday.
"It's a bit of a risk
having a Group One race meeting here as the first meeting since the track
reconstruction," said James, who won the Oaks in 2000 with Giovana and
produced Melora for a third placing two years earlier.
"They are forecasting rain
and even when Romantic Maid had a run along here the other day there was a bit
of kickback. I've really got no idea how she would handle it if the track did
"But other than that
there's nothing really against her. It's a good field but I'm pretty happy to
have her and she'll be right in the mix."
Bred and raced by Judi Wanless,
Romantic Maid would spell win, lose or draw after Saturday's race, James said.
"She's done everything
we've asked of her for a first preparation. She'll only improve with experience
and age, so from that standpoint, she's got it all ahead of her."
Australian bookmakers have
Romantic Maid as a $7 equal favourite for the Oaks, while their Kiwi
counterparts have her a $7 second favourite behind Falkenberg. - NZ