But for a long head and a nose, Oohood would have been two-year-old of the year and favourite for Saturday’s Furious Stakes at Randwick.
Instead she is a maiden after seven starts with the consolation of $1 million in earnings. She has been placed in the Blue Diamond along with runner-up finishes in the Golden Slipper and Sires Produce Stakes.
Almost a Golden day: Oohood (inside) drives at Estijaab and just misses in the Golden Slipper.
But there are no trophies for second and questions about if she is a non-winner have Oohood a $6.50 chance against a power-packed group of fillies, where Miss Fabulass is the $3.50 favourite.
“It is frustating, yes that is probably the polite word for it,” trainer Tony McEvoy said. “I don’t think there has been a million-dollar maiden before.
“She has shown her class but we need a black type win next to her name and I’m sure that will come. Racing, after all, is about winning.
“She is a very good filly that is only going to get better as they step out to the mile. You look at her form and sigh – 0.2 and 0.1 of a length hurts in group 1s.”
The Furious will be a precursor for Oohood again taking on the boys in the Golden Rose.
She has an 11-rating-points margin on her nearest rival on Saturday, but the boom on Miss Fabulass after just two starts has her a $3.50 favourite. She won a three-horse maiden at Canterbury and steps to group 2 level.
It is a race where black type winners abound, including Silver Shadow Stakes victor Fiesta, Pure Elation, Outback Barbie, Fundamentalist, Meryl and unbeaten Pretty In Pink.
“They are a very good group of fillies and you need to be on your game against this group,” McEvoy said. "We learned that first-up.
“We have been very happy with the way she has gone forward since the Silver Shadow and we have taken the blinkers off, which I think will help her.
“I’m not afraid of taking on the boys with her and I’m looking at races like the Golden Rose, Flight Stakes and even the Caulfield Guineas with her.
“I think she will be the same as her two-year-old campaign, the deeper she gets into the preparation the stronger and better she will be.”
McEvoy said smart filly Sunlight would come to Sydney for the Run To The Rose next week and is also looking at a Golden Rose start.
“Sunlight is the fastest of the two but the closer they get to a mile Oohood will probably go past her,” McEvoy said. “I just want to see how Sunlight goes at the 1200m because there is not many options for a sprinting three-year-old if you don’t go to the Rose.”
McEvoy will watch Oohood from Melbourne where he will be attempting to cause an upset with Dollar For Dollar in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
“He was very good winning at weight-for-age in Adelaide last start and was only a length from them in the Orr Stakes in the autumn when he didn’t get a lot of room,” McEvoy said. "He is in good form and will run a good race."
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