2015 Oakleigh Plate the Autumn Target for Atmospherical

November 26th, 2014

Securing several impressive results over a successful 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer David Phieffer has revealed stable star Atmospherical will target the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) during the early stages of her 2015 autumn preparation.

Talented mare Atmospherical will be set for the 2015 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Talented mare Atmospherical will be set for the 2015 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Claiming six wins and a further two minor places from just ten competitive appearances at the races so far, Atmospherical placed sixth in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) first-up this time, before running third in two minor races over 1200m and winning both the Canterbury League Club 3.y.o+ (1100m) and Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day.

Understandably pleased with the form and class displayed by the Northern Meteor mare this year, Pfieffer said the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) with figure as the first point of call before a hopeful berth in the 2015 Oakleigh Plate.

“She is now in the paddock having a well-earned break,” Pfieffer told Racing Ahead.

“The plan is to look at Melbourne early next year and we are hoping for a first-up return in the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.

“With the level that she is at in her career it is probably one step at a time and if she performs well in the Rubiton then we will push forward to the Oakleigh Plate.

“If the Oakleigh Plate ends up being a bit rich for her than we will change our plans, but if she can shape up a be competitive in a race like that we can look at races like the NewmarketThe Galaxy or the TJ.

“They are all very good races and they are a very good bunch of sprinters in Australia, but I would like to be there and in the mix.

Securing back-to-back race wins in a minor over 1100m and the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) over a short autumn preparation this year, Pfieffer is confident the four-year-old is more than capable of a successful autumn tilt this year despite only a short stint in the paddock.

“She will only get about a month off, but she is a four-year-old mare and she hasn’t had a hard career and she didn’t have a hard prep last time, so it will be a short little break for her which will mentally freshen her up,” Pfieffer added.