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Caulfield Cup Target For Provocative

Wednesday, 15th June 2016

Trainer Tony Pike has some lofty ambitions for Queensland Oaks winner Provocative in the spring. Pike is hopeful that the 3YO filly can develop into a Caulfield Cup horse later in the year after she showcased her staying prowess with a commanding victory the Gr1 fillies classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday. "Obviously she's extremely lightly raced. It was a big step up in class for her on Saturday, but she handled that well. With a bit more racing practice, she's only going to get better," Pike told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "It's very hard to win a Caulfield Cup obviously with the international horses coming down, but we'll come down to Melbourne and map out a program towards that race." He added: "If she can get in on a very light weight and can continue to improve, she might be a chance." Pike has no doubt that Provocative has the requisite talent to win a major race in the spring. "She's pretty much untapped. She's a raw talent," he said. "If the penny drops and everything goes right on the right day, she can win a big race." Provocative's pedigree suggests she should only continue to improve with maturity. Not only is she by renowned stamina influence and classic-producing sire Zabeel, but her dam is the New Zealand-bred mare Betwixt (O'Reilly), winner of the Gr3 Tasmanian Derby.

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