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Well Said filly being aimed at Lazarus Oaks

09:36 AM 19 Apr 2019 NZST
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Paul Lewis admits it was a bit of an impulse buy when he and his two brothers snapped up a tiny Well Said filly at the 2017 Australian Pacing Gold sales in Sydney.

But the $16,000 price tag has already proven a bargain for connections, who have enjoyed a great early ride with the Matthew Craven-trained pacer.

Wellsaidlucy has won five of her six career starts - including a feature victory in the South Australian Oaks last month - for a tick over $28,000 in prizemoney.

Now the daughter of Virtual Hanover is being aimed at the Lazarus Victoria Oaks (2240m) heats this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton.

"We had a bit of a day on the cans so we bought this horse," Lewis recalled.

From there, Wellsaidlucy was given some time to grow and mature before beginning her racing career with a big win at Ararat in October last year.

"She just does everything we ask her to," Lewis, who is based in Hamilton, said.

"We think she is going to lack that little bit of top-end speed, but who knows?

"She's done more than expected ... I must admit we have placed her well."

This Saturday night's heat will be a major step-up for Wellsaidlucy and Lewis isn't getting too carried away about the horse's chances in the $24,000 event.

"She'll be outclassed on Saturday, but at least she's there and she's having a crack," Lewis said.

"She actually got a little bit of a cold last week and we nearly didn't go, but Matty (Craven) said she's pulled up a treat and we're going to race her."

Lewis is hoping Wellsaidlucy can run inside the top four to earn a place in the $150,000 Group 1 Lazarus Victoria Oaks Final on April 27.

"That'd be awesome - I'd be rapt," he said.

"If we ran fourth, you'd probably see me jumping around a bit.

"If you had have asked me a month ago if she would be even in the heat, I'd have said no. So she's actually surpassed what we expected from her, that's for sure."

Wellsaidlucy has drawn barrier six in her heat and will face tough opposition from the likes of Emma Stewart-trained Kualoa, Adam Kelly's Arabella Star and Gary Hoban's Tangoingwithsierra.

Craven said his horse would need to improve once again to be competitive in what looks a "very solid" heat.

"So far she has been winning well when getting the ideal trip in slow times, so this week is a whole new ball game and unknown," Craven said. "If she can make it into the final we would be rapt."

Two other qualifiers will be run on Saturday night, with Barry Purdon-trained Belle Of Montana a red-hot favourite in heat one and Kylie Rasmussen's Smart As Camm Be well fancied in heat two.


Tim O'Connor

for HRV Trots Media

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