Talented sprinter Queman can stamp himself as the horse to beat in the Gytrash Final on TAB Finals Day later this month on the Parks at Morphettville on Saturday.
The Shane and Cassi Oxlade-trained galloper resumed with a good win at Morphettville on October 14, but it was the way he sizzled around Oakbank in a trial last week that has the horse a dominant $2.10 favourite for the opening race on Saturday.
Queman ran 1:01.58 seconds for the Oakbank 1050m winning his gallop by 16 lengths which would have won every race over that distance at the Adelaide Hills circuit for the past nine years according to eager trial watchers.
The scary part for his rivals on the weekend was the fact he did it without being extended.
“When I first looked at the trial, I thought he might have gone a bit hard but when I watched the replay, he (jockey Justin Potter) didn’t really ask him to do a lot,’’ Shane Oxlade said.
“It looks another good race for him again, he’s beaten most of those horses before.
“Hopefully he can run well again, and he’ll find himself in the final at the end of the month,’’ he said.
Oxlade also has Nasho and Dodd tackling a heat of the Rebel Raider Series Final and both drawn nicely in gates one and two respectively.
“Both those horses are going along nicely,’’ Oxlade said.
“Nasho obviously won well the other day and Dodd comes out of races where he hasn’t had a lot of luck,’’ he said.
The stable is enjoying a great run having produced six winners from their past 15 runners and plan to be interstate on Saturday week with Sghirippa who made it successive wins since resuming at Morphettville last weekend.
“He pulled up really well, he came home ate up and he’s great,’’ Oxlade said.
“He’ll be entered for Caulfield on Saturday week, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when the noms come out,’’ he said.