Arnold on track for another Oaks

Leading heavyweight rider Steven Arnold is one track to win back to back Group 1 Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide after Juste Momente scored at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

One of the tallest and heaviest jockeys racing Arnold gets limited opportunities but makes the most of them, including a winning treble last Saturday.

Arnold scored on South Australians Morgan Dollar and Maldivian, while the Danny O'Brien trained Juste Momente is heading that way following the strong win.

The filly brought up her fourth win from 10 starts after working to the lead and holding off a determined challenge from another likely Oaks contender El Pauji in the Leilani Classic (1600m).

Juste Momente has returned from a spell a more mature filly, according to the stable, and will appreciate the extra journey of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on April 21.

"She is really flying at the moment but is getting fitter and will be better over further," O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

"Her form in the spring was good behind the likes of Miss Finland and Tuesday Joy but this campaign her three runs have been excellent.

"Her next run will be in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks were she can hopefully secure her future as a valuable broodmare."

Bred and raced by Widden Stud, the filly is by six-time Group 1 winner Giant's Causeway from the Danehill mare Stakes, making her a three-quarter sister to Bradbury's Luck and Murtajil.

"This time in she's racing much closer in the run but showing a lot of fight, so we think she'll be perfectly suited at the 2000m," Corby said.

"Beyond that we'll assess how she comes through the run before deciding whether to go on to the SA Oaks (2500m) a couple of weeks later."

Corby said Arnold would have the ride which gives him the chance to win the race back to back, having scored last year on the Phillip Stokes-trained Marju Snip.

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