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Star fillies set for Queensland clash

Both of Australia’s most recent classic winners could clash next month in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

Last Saturday’s G1 South Australian Derby (2500m) winner Qafila remains in training with a view to the Queensland race as has the previous week’s G1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) winner Princess Jenni.

Princess Jenni was not among the original nominations for the Oaks, scheduled for June 1, and so connections will have to pay a late entry into the race.

Her trainer David Brideoake confirmed that the filly had come through her Schweppes Oaks triumph well and that he was looking forward to stepping the daughter of High Chaparral out to 2400 metres for the first time.

"Princess Jenni is in training and is looking at Queensland Oaks," Brideoake said on Monday.

"We’ll just go through the process and make sure she’s in fine shape and we’ll assume that she’ll fly up for the race."

Lindsay Park’s Ben Hayes said Qafila had come through her Derby domination in fine fettle.

"She ate up all her feed that night and she’s pulled up fantastically," he said.

"I checked her in the morning and she’s her old grumpy self.

"We’ll definitely leave that that option open but we’ll make that decision over the next week.

"It’s definitely not a bad option but we could put her away and maybe set her on a Caulfield Cup campaign as well."

Hayes said it was only going to get tougher for Qafila as a four-year-old in open grade next season.

"They sometimes find it really hard (to measure up) but she was quite dominant," he said.

"It might not have been the strongest South Australian Derby but all you can do is win.’’

BetEasy has Princess Jenni listed as the $5 favourite for the Queensland Oaks while Qafila is on the third line of betting at $9.
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