Qld Oaks winner to join Pride's stable

Queensland Oaks winner Miss Keepsake is set to bolster Joe Pride’s in-form Sydney team when she arrives from New Zealand next month.

Pride said the mare’s owners had contacted him to take on the mare and he is looking forward to getting the Group One winner into his stable.

“I’m hoping that I am for these horses from interstate or overseas seen as a bit of a go-to trainer, and it’s good to have picked her up out of the blue,” Pride said.

“I’m more than happy to be taking her on.”

Miss Keepsake races as My Keepsake in New Zealand but there is a filly with that name on Australia, forcing the name change.

Under Andrew Scott, she has won four of her 11 starts, with three of her wins coming in Australia.

The daughter of Keeper had won twice at the Sunshine Coast leading into the Oaks and also finished third to another filly Dariana in the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) a week after taking out the fillies classic.

Pride said the mare was likely to be set for a Sydney Cup type preparation next autumn.

“It’s lovely to get her. I think I’ve shown it’s a bit of a strength of the stable’s to get these mares and rejuvenate them, not that she needs much rejuvenating because she’s already a good filly,” Pride said.

“I’m hoping under my care and under Australian conditions she can go pretty good.”

Miss Keepsake has had three unplaced runs in New Zealand since the Brisbane winter carnival.

Her most recent start was an eighth in the Group One Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings, won by subsequent Group One Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street.

Pride has finished fourth in the past two Sydney trainers’ premierships and is currently holding the same position this term with 22 winners already including a double at Rosehill on Saturday.

The trainer also claimed a Group One victory during the Melbourne spring carnival when consistent mare Sacred Choice defeated reigning Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy in the Myer Classic on Victoria Derby day.