While the Queensland Derby could loom as a target for male gallopers contesting today's Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie, there won't be a Queensland Oaks protagonist among them.
Dreamcrafter and Veearma are the two fillies taking on the 11 geldings in the three-year-old feature which spells the end of the road for both this season.
Mastercraftsman filly Dreamcrafter had easily won two of her three starts leading up to her Sunline Vase second placing but she was well beaten in the New Zealand Oaks (2400m) last start.
Matamata trainer Pam Gerard ruled out any further starts this season for Dreamcrafter after today's event.
Peter Williams said a break was pending for two-win Darci Brahma filly Veearma after the Championship Stakes as well.
TAB bookmakers have Dreamcrafter at $16 and Veearma at $26 in a market headed by male gallopers Charles Road and Tavidream (both $3.30), Camino Rocoso ($4.80) and Comin'through ($6.20).
- NZ Racing Desk