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Caulfield Cup Target For Provocative
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.