Faatinah Second In Oakleigh
The Lindsay Park trained Faatinah was involved in the mishap at the barrier's before the start of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. The Quarterback went down in the barriers and was a late scratching along with Faatniah and Orujo who were loaded next to The Quaterback.
The scratching last week meant that Faatinah lined up in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m a week later at Caulfield.
Faatinah jumped well and was right there with the leader and rounding the turn looked a winning chance but Sheidel was too good for them and held on for the win.
The sprint races at the Dubai World Cup Carnival were touted as an option for the gelded son of Nicconi last spring and it appears that those plans could be back on the table.
"He could be going to Dubai if he goes well in the Newmarket we would certainly be happy to chat to Sheik Hamdan and maybe head him that way," said co-trainer David Hayes after the Oakleigh.
Bendigo based trainer Adam O'Neill and supporters of his stable, Steve and Rick Healey, were also thrilled with the result of the Oakleigh Plate as they own the half sister, Rawoof.
Rawoof was a private purchase by Todd Blum Bloodstock on behalf of the Healey's and since the purchase Faatinah has gown on to greatly enhance the filly's pedigree.
"The Healey's purchased Rawoof for a modest price but we saw value as she was by Lonhro out of a Danehill mare," Said Todd Blum.
"Since the purchase Faatinah made a winning debut and then has gone on to win twice at Group 2 level and now to finish second in a Group 1 it is fantastic for Rawoof's pedigree as the owners intend to breed with her once she is retired from racing."
Rawoof is currently in work with O'Neill and is not far away from making a return to the racetrack.