Courtney Slater has high hopes for Goodtime Heaven as he attempts to win the 2018 Aqwa Constructions Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on Saturday.
Fresh from winning the Rock N Roll Heaven NSW Breeders Challenge three-year-old fillies' final, an eighth win in nine starts, it is easy to see why Slater is full of confidence.
Goodtime Heaven has been handed a shocker of a barrier draw and will start from gate 13, and Slater admits his star filly will need a dose of good luck in-running.
"She's back in top order again and doing quite well," Slater told reporters. "I thought she handled the (Breeders Challenge) series of three starts in three or four weeks really well and did a top job.
"She got a pretty easy run of it in her heat, had to do a little bit in her semi and obviously had to do it tough come finals day. That proves in itself she is going to be a pretty nice filly down the track."
That performance gave Slater confidence they should push on to Albion Park before returning for a tilt at Victoria's lucrative TAB Breeders Crown series.
"Plan one was always to come up for the (Breeders) Challenge here (at Menangle)," Slater said. "Plan B was the Queensland Oaks obviously, if all is well and the horse lets us know that she's pulled up and recovered well."
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