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Big plans for Oaks champ



Pennyweka strolls to victory in the Australian Oaks at Randwick. PHOTO/FILE



Oaks winner Pennyweka has returned a bigger and stronger animal in the eyes of Opaki trainer Jim Wallace, who intends to tackle some big spring assignments with the now four-year-old.

The daughter of Satono Aladdin – Threepence was a standout filly last season, winning three of her nine starts, including the Group One double of the New Zealand Oaks and Australian Oaks, both over 2400m. She also placed in the Wellington Stakes, Desert Gold Stakes, and Lowland Stakes, all black-type races.

Wallace, who co-bred and co-owns Pennyweka, has been pleased with how she has returned, reinforced by her pleasing jump out at Foxton on Tuesday.

“She had a quiet 1000m jump out at Foxton. She went well and did everything we wanted her to do,” Wallace said.

“She finished second under a nice hold and pulled up well. I am very happy. It might be silly to say, but I think she has improved. Time will tell.”

Pennyweka will likely have two trials before heading to Hastings next month, where she will tackle the Group One Tarzino Trophy [1400m] first up.

Wallace is a bit overwhelmed by the number of options for his mare this spring but is daring to dream of a tilt at the Caulfield Cup over 2400m.

“There are about 14 different races that would suit very well, but we will just take one at a time and see where we get to,” he said.

“We are certainly not averse to going back there [Australia]; the prizemoney is pretty good.

“I have nominated her for the Caulfield Cup, but that is pie in the sky at the moment.

“We haven’t really got any set targets; there are so many races. We are spoilt for choice, so we will just see how she goes.

“But at this stage, I couldn’t be any happier.” – LOVERACING.NZ News Desk

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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