Suzie Right On Cue For Richmond Oaks Tilt

GREG Remfry is confident Shanghai Suzie can usher in her third birthday in style in the Group 2 Richmond Oaks (520m) on Friday night.

TRAINER Greg Remfry is confident Shanghai Suzie can usher in her third birthday in style when she contests the heats of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Richmond Oaks (520m) on Friday night.

The daughter of Fernando Bale goes into the $50,000-to-the-winner series in brilliant touch, winning at Nowra in blistering time two starts back before a courageous runner-up performance at Dapto last time out.

"She's going as good as she's ever gone," Remfry beamed.

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"I've had this race in the back of my mind for a while now and with how good she's going I'm really confident she'll run a good race.

"The one time she raced at Richmond before she missed the start which I think was because of the silent lure. I'm just hoping she begins like she usually does on Friday night.

"If she does, she'll be hard to beat."

Shanghai Suzie, winner at eight of her 27 starts, has been relatively lightly raced during her career, having reached three years of age on Tuesday.

"It's always been my plan to breed with her so I've never wanted to overdo it with her on the track," Remfry said.

"But with how well she's going at the moment I'll keep her going for a bit yet. I was having some problems with her pulling up sore after trials up the straight and have turned to swimming her in the past month or so.

Richmond will host heats of the Richmond Derby and Oaks on Friday night

"It's allowed me to keep her fitness up to the mark and I'm seeing the results in her performances on the track."

While Shanghai Suzie is demonstrating serious ability on the track now, Remfry said it was an entirely different story early doors.

"Through early education she really didn't show much," he said.

"But as she got older and with maturity she's just improved and improved. I've never had a dog like her. At home, she's perfect. Doesn't bark or pull you around … she's just a pleasure.

"With her temperament and attitude I'm sure she'll make a great brood bitch. I've got her mum Mumza Pearl at home on the lounge and it won't be too long until her daughter joins her."

Bookmakers have installed Shanghai Suzie at $4 for her Richmond Oaks assignment behind My Hepburn (box 6) at $2.30 and Zipping Teresa (box 5) at $2.80.

Friday night's Richmond program sees three heats of both the Richmond Oaks and Derby slated for decision with next week's finals each boasting a $50,000 first prize. 

One of the more intriguing runners in the Derby is prodigious talent Mr. Peregrine.

The son of Barcia Bale heads into the open age event following just two appearances, going through the recent Robert Smith Memorial Maiden at The Gardens in unbeaten fashion.

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