*Handler Luke Townsend with Circle Of Dreams at Cannington. Photo credit; Mulder Photography
Well-travelled Victorian star Circle Of Dreams is odds-on favourite to take out her fourth Group event in as many states in Saturday night’s WA Oaks (520m).
After winning the National Futurity in NSW, the Queensland Futurity and Sandown Laurels, Anakie trainers Jeff Britton and Angela Langton sent Circle Of Dreams to leading WA trainer Chris Halse for her assault on the Group 2 Oaks.
The daughter of super sire Barcia Bale and Mepunga Mia was an all-the-way 29.85s heat winner over another Victorian visitor in She Will Bloom, trained by Brendan Pursell, at her Cannington debut, improving her record to 11 from 17.
After drawing box one, from where she’s unbeaten in two starts, Circle Of Dreams is the $1.55 favourite with TAB to claim the $40,000 winner’s purse.
“She should be really hard to beat off the red,” said Chris Halse.
“She rails well and she only arrived in WA the week before the Oaks heats so she’d hadn’t trialled at Cannington and I’d like to think she’ll improve this week.”
WATCH: Circle Of Dreams win her heat of WA Oaks from box four.
If there is to be an upset in the Oaks, it’s highly likely Halse will provide it himself as he’s remarkably supplying half the field.
Halse clean-swept the three heats courtesy of Circle Of Dreams, Kiss Me Linda (29.93s) and Fancy Francene (29.94s), which was also sent west by Angela Langton.
His support trio, Grace Ali ($5), Kiss Me Linda ($7) and Fancy Francene ($8) are the only other contenders at single figures.
While Perth Cup finalist Kiss Me Linda didn’t fire when she ventured to Victoria for the Group 2 Launching Pad in April, Halse says that back on home turf she’s capable of testing the classy Victorian raiding party.
“Kiss Me Linda had an ear infection when she was over in Victoria but she’s going good again now,” Halse said.
“She’s capable of going a good bit quicker than she went in her heat. She’s can come out humming and if she’s able to lead Circle Of Dreams she’ll make it very interesting.
“Fancy Francene came over from Victoria a bit earlier and won the Oaks at Mandurah. She shows pace and she’s run 29.90s at The Meadows so she’s got some ability.”
Halse is striving to complete the WA Oaks/Derby double in successive weeks after winning the Derby with the superbly bred Premium Share, a son of Kinloch Brae and Shared Equity, which famously upset the great Fernando Bale in 2015 Ballarat Cup.
Premium Share, the winner of five from 12, gave Halse back-to-back Derbies after West On Augie was successful in 2018, before going on to win the National Sprint Championship at Sandown in August.
While Halse holds Premium Share in very high regard, he’s in no hurry to venture east, with feature events like the Winter Cup, Westchase and middle distance Paradise Street trophy on the agenda.
“He was trialling really well when we broke him in – like Quick Jagger (2017 Sale Cup winner) times,” Halse said.
“We’re going to try him over 600m. His run home time in the Derby was enormous and his litter brother Western Envoy has won over 600m in Melbourne.”