INJURY has ended the group one dream for the connections of Wagga filly Classic Vogue.
Wagga trainer Tim Donnelly revealed Classic Vogue will not be among the first acceptances in the $1 million Crown Oaks when they are released at midday on Tuesday.
The three-year-old filly injured her pelvis when winning last start at Albury on October 10.
She was a $51 chance in TAB’s Oaks market.
Donnelly was naturally disappointed by the development.
“She dipped at the 1600 at Albury on the crossing and has an issue,” Donnelly said.
“She has an ultrasound today and we’ll see after that.
“It’s a shame because to have a three-year-old win a benchmark race at her second start, they just don’t do that.”
Classic Vogue ran third in a 1300 metre maiden at Wagga on debut, then won a Benchmark 55 Handicap (2000m) at Albury at her second start.
She was set to run at Canberra this Friday over 2000 metres and would then, pending another good run, would have went straight to the Oaks.
Classic Vogue is a half sister to 2004 AJC Oaks winner Wild Iris and is by top Coolmore stallion Mastercraftsman.
The family has also produced Zanbagh, who ran second in both the Crown and ATC Oaks.
Donnelly hopes Classic Vogue can return for campaigns aimed at other group one features.
“There is three more Oaks to run in – Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane – so that’s what we’re aiming for,” he said.
Donnelly is no stranger to group one success, having trained Quick Flick, who claimed the 1998 George Ryder.
Meantime, city winner Jo Jo Girl will return to Donnelly’s stable on Tuesday for her latest campaign.
Donnelly has a listed race at Randwick over 2000 metres in his sights for Jo Jo Girl, along with the Canberra Cup.
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