Takara Truffle ready to go

Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby hopes the decision to bypass the Queensland Oaks with Takara Truffle pays dividends at Menangle on Saturday night.

Takara Truffle and Aaron Goadsby

Ellalong’s Michael Formosa will drive Takara Truffle from gate eight in the group 3 Go Girlfriend Series Final (1609m metres) after taking her to an easy heat win at Newcastle last Saturday.

Takara Truffle was set for the series afterone win from five starts in Queensland, including theProvincial Oaks andRedcliffe Oaks.After the luckless run, Goadsby decided to skip the Queensland Oaks and instead prepare for the Go Girlfriend series.

“We copped it well and truly up in Brisbane,” Goadsby said. “She was racing well but just having no luck with barriers or in running. Her sectionals were super.

“I picked it out while I was in Queensland and snuck home a week early, just to give her a week to get over the trip. The heat only just stood up, with six noms, so we were very lucky.

“She went well last week,ran 1.54.6 and did it pretty easy. She’s pulled up good andeverything is on track.

“Amanda Turnbull has five in it and her mum owns another one, so they’ve got six of the 12 in it, so we’ll have to stir the pot, so to speak.”

Formosa, meanwhile,sent stable star Ultimate Art to Queensland on Tuesday with hopes of replicating his campaign there with Shannon Price.Ultimate Art won 10 of 14 at Albion Park in a six-month spell last year.

At Newcastle on Saturday night, Darren Elder’s Shannonsablast returns in race four on the program.He has not raced since eighth in the Ross Gigg Mile on May 6.

Goadsby, meanwhile, hopes Takara Truffle can push to the lead early at Menangle.

“If she starts like she has before down there, we should end up in front,” he said.

“If she doesn’t lead, we know she can finish off her races as well.”

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