THE introduction of a cross-over noseband may help the Mitch Freedman-trained Moonlight Maid win the $1 million VRC Oaks at Flemington on Thursday.
Freedman is enjoying a stellar Flemington Spring Carnival and is hopeful Moonlight Maid will give his stable its first group one victory.
The former Crossley trainer, who is now based at Ballarat, had his first carnival winner when Bravo Tango was successful in a $125,000 benchmark 90 race on Tuesday.
The victory comes on the back of Southern Moon running second in the $2 million VRC Derby on Saturday for the former Russell's Creek footballer.
"It's been a big week for our stable and a win by Moonlight Maid would make it a huge carnival," Freedman said.
"We've put the cross-over noseband back on Moonlight Maid. She won well in the Edward Manifold before running second at the Valley. She pulled hard at the Valley.
"I've got my fingers crossed she'll settle in the Oaks. I'm confident she'll run out the 2500 metres."
Warrnambool will have a good representation on the third day of the big four-day carnival with boom galloper Harbour Views trying to win his sixth consecutive race for Matthew Williams when the five-year-old lines up in the $500,000 Country Final over 1600 metres.
Williams also saddles up stablemate Brilliant Concept in the same race while popular local trainer Mark O'Donnell accepted with Rebellious Lord.
Midas Prince will be trying for his third straight win for Aaron Purcell in a 1800-metre race and Lindsey Smith has Platinum Angel running in a $125,000 restricted race.
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