Veuvelicious nearing a return

Veuvelicious is on track to begin her Spring campaign at Caulfield on August 30 after impressing trainer Brent Stanley in a trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday.

Partnered by Damien Oliver in the fourth heat of the morning over 800m, the daughter of Nortern Meteor finished third behind Eloping who won the trial in 47.9 seconds.

On a path towards the $1 million Crown Oaks (2500m) in November, Stanley said Veuvelicious – who is also nominated for the Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Caulfield Classic (2000m) - would likely resume in a 1400m handicap at Caulfield on Saturday week.

“She’s being trained on a staying preparation so I’m just bringing her along slowly but she trialled really well against some nice fillies and made up nice ground while staying comfortably within herself,” Stanley said.

“Damien (Oliver) said she’s definitely on the right path and she gave him a great feel.

“I’ll see how she’s going but there are plenty of options for her to head into the Oaks.

“She can run in the Thousand Guineas, she can run in the Caulfield Classic which is now worth $750,000 but we’ll just see how she’s going, she’ll probably have her fifth run in the Oaks.”

A dominant winner of the Fernhill Classic (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships in Sydney, the three-year-old was last seen finishing sixth behind Go Indy Go in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

By Ben Asgari - @BenAsgariRacing

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