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Whakanui Stud Cheering Oaks Hopes
Meanwhile, this year's renewal of the Queensland Oaks will hold special interest for Tim & Karen Bodle of Whakanui Stud. The Cambridge-based thoroughbred nursery can boast having bred not one, but two of the fillies lining up in this year's race. From only five fillies bred that year, paddock mates Tavi Bay (Tavistock) and Chabaud (Lookin At Lucky) have reached the race having followed very different paths. Chabaud was prepared for sale in New Zealand before being sold by Widden Stud at Magic Millions, while Tavi Bay, who went through the same prep in the box next door, was sold at the South Island sale by Fairdale. Both fillies are given good chances - they are $13 with TAB - in what is a very open affair. Tavi Bay, in particular, should have no problems handling the Oaks distance being a great granddaughter of Launceston Cup, Bendigo Cup and Geelong Cup winner Summer Fleur, dam of none other than 1988 Melbourne Cup winner Empire Rose.