Falkenberg due good fortune

Falkenberg is due some good fortune, and co-trainer Paul Snowden is hoping his filly is more forward in running than her races of late in Saturday’s Queensland Oaks (2400m).

One of three runners for Team Snowden, Falkenberg – at $7.50 with CrownBet – is their prominent galloper in the market after running on for a seventh-place finish in the Group 2 Roses (2000m) at Doomben.

That performance came after the More Than Ready filly also settled well back before running fourth in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet.

With Blake Shinn on board from barrier three, Snowden is hoping Falkenberg can use the gate and make her own luck for a change.

“She hasn’t had much luck her last two starts,” Snowden told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN 927.

“What happened the other day, doesn’t really happen [too often]. When a horse gets a leg up [in the barriers], you call out and get backed out and trotted up and she wasn’t afforded that.

“To get beat the minimal margin she did, was a big effort.

“She’s [normally] in the first division in her races, and she was back second-last [in The Roses].

“To finish off as good as she did, it was a credit to herself.”

Self Esteem ($14) beat home Falkenberg in The Roses, finishing fourth, but sits behind her stablemate in the Oaks market.

Snowden said Self Esteem’s run in the ATC Oaks was better than ninth of 14 looks on paper.

“I think if we rated her a little bit better [in Sydney], she would have finished a little bit closer. They only got her the last 100m,” he said of Self Esteem, who led the Oaks field out.

“She can run the trips no worries.

“She’s had a run over the trip, she’s a seasoned, tough filly.”

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