Trainer of Desalle Bale, Brendan Wheeler said he was pleased with the box seven draw, and her preparation for the $40,000 to the winner event.
“Desalle (Bale) doesn’t mind it out wide,” Wheeler said following today’s box draw.
“I think we will be running for second given Oaks Road has the red, but I was pleased with her in the Egg and if we make the final I will be happy.”
Wheeler will have three contenders across the four heats, with new 450m track record holder Barcia Bale a notable absentee.
“He got wide on the home turn last week, and bruised one of his outside toes,” Wheeler explained.
“I scratched him from Bulli last night because I didn’t think it was worth pushing him.”
Maitland Regional Manager, Kayla Spliet said she was delighted with the quality of the fields and believes the stage is set for some fantastic racing over the coming fortnight.