Tobouggie Woogie ready to rock and roll

A week after a gear change helped Maldivian to victory in the Cox Plate, Mark Kavanagh is hoping another will bring out the best in Tobouggie Woogie in Saturday’s Group Two Wakeful Stakes at Flemington.

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Wearing blinkers for the first time, Maldivian recaptured winning form and Kavanagh has resorted to pacifiers to bring about a similar result with Tobouggie Woogie.

The three-year-old filly is VRC Oaks-bound next Thursday but has frustrated Kavanagh with her inability to find clear running at her last two starts.

She was beaten just over a length when she was blocked for a run and finished third to Taameer at Flemington and copped a buffeting when she couldn’t get clear and finished fourth to Testa Monte at Moonee Valley.

"She finds a lot of trouble in her races and only has to mend those ways to be around the mark in anything," Kavanagh said.

"She has the pacifiers on this time and hopefully they will help her."

While Tobouggie Woogie’s only win in six starts was at her race debut in May, Kavanagh has been able to get a good line on her ability alongside stablemate Cats Whisker who was beaten a length when second to Gallica in the Group One Thousand Guineas.

Tobouggie Woogie has drawn the outside of the field in gate 15 but it doesn’t concern the Flemington trainer.

"She has done enough to suggest she will go back and go to sleep," Kavanagh said.

The pacifiers are the second gear change for Tobouggie Woogie this campaign.

She has worn a tongue tie since she swallowed her tongue three starts ago at Caulfield which is the only real blemish on her record.

TAB Sportsbet today quoted Tobouggie Woogie at $18 for the Wakeful while she is $21 for the Oaks.

The Lee Freedman-trained fillies Estee ($4.50) and Miss Scarlatti ($5.50) are the two favourites for the Wakeful while Cox Plate third placegetter Samantha Miss is the $2 favourite for the Oaks.

By Robert Windmill