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Aust Oaks Next Up For Star Filly Habibi
Following an impressive last start victory in the Gr1 New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie, dynamic 3YO filly Habibi (Ekraar-Danny Holiday, by Danasinga) is now a "99.9%" chance to head to Sydney for the Gr1 ATC Australian Oaks on April 20, reports au.news.yahoo.com. The decision to cross the Tasman was made after lengthy discussions between trainer Donna Logan and the filly's owners, with Logan explaining their rationale, "We spent plenty of time looking at all the options available to us but settled on the AJC Oaks as the one to set her for… We did consider the Queensland Oaks as well and that might become a second target once we get through the Sydney race but right now we are concentrating on getting her right for Randwick." With Habibi's 6 wins from only 7 career starts having also netted dual Gr2 wins in the Great Northern Guineas and Championship Stakes, her staying prowess is cemented in her pedigree that includes Gr1 WA Derby and Gr1 Perth Cup winner Mirror Magic (by Lord Ballina).