CLUB Menangle has moved to ensure owners and trainers have every opportunity to provide their three-year old fillies with appropriate lead-up races into the John Gibson Memorial Oaks.
February 29 will see the running of the $200,000 John Gibson Memorial Oaks . . . also set aside as Ladies Night of the 2020 Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles at Club Menangle.
Set right in the middle of the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles, Ladies Night is intended to showcase the best of Australasia’s fillies and mares with the Group 2 Allied Express Pink Bonnet for two-year old fillies, the Group 1 Bodens Projects Ladyship Mile for the mares and, of course, the time-honoured race for three-year-old fillies, the John Gibson Memorial Oaks.
Club Menangle Racing Manager, David Wonson has highlighted the racing program developed by Club Menangle to provide the appropriate lead-in during February into the Oaks.
Wonson explained that Club Menangle was conscious of the need to provide opportunities for owners and trainers to condition their horses for what is the premier event on the New South Wales three-year old fillies’ racing calendar.
The John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks will showcase some of the best fillies in Australasia.
However, a race over the Oaks distance of 2400m requires suitable lead-up opportunity and Club Menangle has recognised that need.
In keeping with the premier club’s commitment to fillies and mares racing, the John Gibson Memorial Oaks program includes every opportunity for the successful finalists to position themselves for glory.
Wonson has asked that all owners and trainers note the following race program developed for the three-year old fillies:
February 8: Three-year old fillies’ race over 2300m
February 22: Heats of the John Gibson Memorial Oaks over 2400m
February 29: The John Gibson Memorial Oaks over 2400m
Club Menangle director, Daniel Cordina echoed Wonson’s comments and emphasised the board was conscious that for the three-year old fillies should peak on Oaks Night and needed opportunity to race over the longer distances prior to the race.
The John Gibson Memorial NSW Oaks recognises the dedication of John Gibson, a NSW standardbred breeding legend who, with wife Mary, made a significant contribution to juvenile harness racing in this state.
Cordina said this program, developed by Wonson with the Club Menangle Board, needed to be on the radar of all trainers who have a NSW Oaks campaign mapped out for their horses.