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Oliver Opts For Bull Point

Thursday, 30th January 2014

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver has elected to ride the Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet) in preference to the exciting Prince Harada in Saturday's Gr3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, reports horseracing.com.au. Both colts are resuming after a summer break and are shaping as leading contenders in all the feature 3YO races during the autumn. Caulfield trainer Tony Vasil was expecting Oliver to continue his association with the prodigiously talented Prince Harada (Haradasun-Potential Princess, by Elusive Quality) after partnering him to a luckless sixth in the Caulfield Guineas last spring, but Oliver's recent success with the Waterhouse yard proved the decisive factor. The multiple Gr1-winning jockey, who helped Gai Waterhouse win her first Melbourne Cup aboard Fiorente last year, said that it was a hard decision to choose between the two promising 3YOs but finally went with Bull Point. "They both look pretty smart horses so they were really hard to split," Oliver told AAP. "It was certainly a hard choice to make. There wasn't a lot in it to be honest. It was probably just the fact that Gai has been a pretty big supporter for so long. But in saying that, they've both got great chances and would both be great rides." Bull Point and Prince Harada will both be aimed at the $500,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 1 March, where they may clash with Cox Plate winner Shamus Award. Vasil has booked Sydney-based jockey Blake Shinn to ride Prince Harada on Saturday.

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