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Australian Racing - Racing: Classic still the aim for Raider

Barb Raider will be allowed to continue his autumn campaign despite running a poor performance in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes last weekend at Randwick.

Trainer Jerome Hunter is potentially looking at the Group 1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville on April 30th, for which his charge is a 12/1 chance.

Having placed in last year's Group 1 Thousand Guineas, last weekend's run was only the three-year-old's second in elite-level company.

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The daughter of Rebel Raider finished 11th of 14 runners that day, but Hunter feels she can be forgiven that run due to the heavy conditions.

"She has pulled up good," Hunter told Racing.com. "She pulled a shoe off in the race and didn't handle the wet.

"The run certainly didn't flatten her, she had a bit in reserve and I don't think she wanted to stretch out."

Oak remains Hunter's target

"She licked the bin clean on Saturday night, was really bright in the eye and got back to Mornington on Monday morning and all reports are that she was bucking her brands off in the paddock.

"We'll look at the Australasian Oaks and I'll assess her this week to see if we're still going towards that race."

The Queen Of The Turf Stakes was won by Nimalee on heavy ground, with New Zealand hope Annavisto coming home in second and another Kiwi challenger, Icebath, in third.

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