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Joelene to channel Triscay in Oaks

Wed 5 June 2024

By Brad Bishop, Craig Brennan and Danny Matthews  

Descendant of Queensland Oaks winner out to add her name to honour roll.

Kelly Schweida is hoping Miss Joelene can channel her most decorated descendant when the filly enters unchartered territory in this Saturday's Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm.

By Russian Revolution out of the More Than Ready mare Cellargirl, Miss Joelene's immediate family suggest she would be more suited in a Group 1 sprint race than a three-year-old Classic.

But, she hails from a family that includes Triscay, who was a star sprinting two-year-old who stretched her brilliance out to win the ATC Oaks and Queensland Oaks in 1991.

"She's by Russian Revolution from a More Than Ready mare, but on the mother's side there's a bit of staying pedigree," Schweida said.

"That might help us, but we'll find out this week."

Triscay is a half-sister to Miss Joelene's third dam Dane Vintage, whose daughter Vintner produced ATC Oaks runner-up Perfect Drop.

Further adding to Schweida's optimism that the $20,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase might be an Oaks factor is that Queensland's version is now run over 2200 metres, not the 2400 metre race it was in Triscay's era.

Miss Joelene's three wins have been up to 1350 metres and she finished sixth in the Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800 metres two starts ago but she caught the eye when flashing home out wide under James Orman when third in the Group 2 The Roses over 2000 metres at her final Oaks lead-up.

She was beaten just three-quarters-of-a-length by Oaks favourite Scarlet Oak despite enduring much tougher run.

"Jimmy said he got in the right part of the track, but he had to lose three or four lengths going out there and he just had to get going a bit earlier because of where she was with the bad alley," Schweida said.

"It's lucky it's 2200 not 2400 metres, I suppose, but she's going good and she's really trained on since the race the other day."

Orman retains the ride for the Oaks but again has a wide barrier to contend with after Miss Joelene came up with the second-widest barrier in the field of 18.

Meanwhile, Blake Shinn will chase a third Group 1 win in Brisbane in as many weeks in the Queensland Oaks.

Jockey Shinn will look to add to his recent Group 1 haul during the carnival when he partners Molly Bloom in the Queensland Oaks.

In the past two weeks, Shinn has captured the Doomben Cup on Bois D'Argent and last Saturday the Queensland Derby on Warmonger.

On Saturday, Shinn returns to Brisbane to ride Molly Bloom in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks, returning the following week to ride Bittercreek in the J.J. Atkins over 1600 metres, at Eagle Farm.

"It had been a bit of a frustrating run there, so a couple of Group 1s in the last couple of weeks is very satisfying," Shinn said of his recent success.

"I love going to carnivals. That's where we're all striving to be. It takes its toll, but that's what we're in it for, so you've got to take the good with the bad.

"We're getting good rides at the carnivals, having winners in Sydney, Hong Kong, Perth, Brisbane."

Shinn said he got an extra buzz out of winning on Warmonger last Saturday.

Not only was the gelding's win one of the easiest in a feature race, but it was also Shinn's first in a Derby.

Shinn explained he had finished close seconds in the Hong Kong Derby and the Australian Derby, so to notch a first success was something special.

"I really enjoyed that win," Shinn said.

"That was my first Derby. I ran second in the Hong Kong Derby, the Australian Derby, so I had been knocking on the door in Derbies this season, and close.

"Derbies are hard races to win. They're great races, so it was good, really good, especially when you put a lot of thought and planning into races, you get a buzz out of it."

Shinn now has 29 Group 1 wins to his credit, which includes four in Hong Kong and one in New Zealand, and would like to add to that tally on Saturday.

His mount Molly Bloom won the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas last November and at her most recent outing finished fifth in the Group 2 The Roses at Doomben on May 25.

"She ran well in The Rose without much luck," Shinn said.

"I would like to get on a bit firmer track, but she will be right there. She's a classy filly.

"I think it's important that she settles well to run the distance.

"The ride will be important from my behalf, but she has the ability to win, so it would be nice to win one, three weeks in a row."

Shinn won't jump from the widest gate in the Oaks as he did aboard Warmonger in the Derby.

Molly Bloom has drawn barrier 10 in the 18-horse field plus five emergencies.

The Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained filly will jump from gate eight if the emergencies do not gain a start.