Bayerness set for Indiana Oaks test

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Trainer Cherie DeVaux feels Bayerness has strong claims in this weekend’s Indiana Oaks if she brings her ‘A-game’ to the table.

Bayerness is amongst a field of 11 entered for Saturday’s race and is forecast to be around a 5-1 chance come raceday.

Churchill Downs winner Shedaresthedevil is the likely morning line favourite for trainer Brad Cox, on the most prospective Kentucky Derby trainer.

Bayerness comes into the race on the back of a pleasing third in the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs last month, where she was rebounding from a below-par effort in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream previously.

Now trainer DeVaux is eager to find out what her filly can do at Indiana Grand when she is ‘stretched out’.

A polished performance in the Indiana Oaks would increase her options going forward.

“We have to stretch her out,” DeVaux said. “It’s a mile and sixteenth, so we just want to see after her last race if we can stretch her back out around two turns and see if she’s going to be effective, which will open a lot of doors for her in that division.”

She was behind Four Graces and Edgeway in that last-time-out run and DeVaux anticipates improvement to come from that showing.

The daughter of Bayern is, in the words of her trainer, a straightforward conveyance to train and that characteristic is maintained on the track.

“She just has to run her race,” DeVaux said. “She’s very easy to ride so she can put herself wherever she needs to, she’s pretty kind and straightforward. She just needs to come with her A-game.”

Claude McGaughey’s Alandra, Iowa Oaks third Aurelia Garland and Uncle Mo filly Impeccable Style are amongst the other likely contenders going into the Indiana Oaks.

Fine Coral, Lucky Betty, Tempers Rising, Miss T Too, Spartanka and Gibberish complete the possible line-up.

September’s Kentucky Oaks on home ground remains very much the long-term plan for Bayerness according to DeVaux, especially if the filly can put up a solid showing at Indiana Grand.

Along with Bayerness, Reagan’s Edge is another high-class performer housed in the yard and DeVaux sees more quality coming through the ranks. Remanded, a daughter of Elusive Quality, was a maiden winner at Gulfstream Park in the early spring and is one to keep an eye on.

“She has the quality to be stakes [class],” DeVaux said. “She put in just an OK effort at Churchill in her last start, but the track was playing a little bit not to her liking. It was deep and she ended up on the lead, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she progresses.”