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19/05/02 Dollar Dazzler - Oxford Camp Confident on Cup Eve
0519bbrook.jpg (10649 bytes)Oakbank based trainer Barry Brook is confident Oxford Dollar can give the locals their first Adelaide Cup win in four years when the big race is run at Morphettville tomorrow.

Brook was keen on the chances of his six-year-old gelding in his second Adelaide Cup tilt in three years. Two years ago the son of Real Cash ran a slashing third behind Bohmaith in a rain delayed Cup at Victoria Park.

Punters can expect to see an "improved effort" from Oxford Dollar in tomorrow's Group One two miler with Brook blaming himself for his recent failures.

"I blame myself a bit for his past couple of runs," Brook said. "Since the Oakbank Cup I think I've worked him too hard and since his last run I've backed off and I'm confident we will be hard to beat tomorrow."

Brook said the gelding was in great shape for tomorrow's $404,000 smoke-free Cup.

"I'm not worried about the track or the rain and he is looking for the two miles now," Brook added. "I couldn't be happier with him."

0519gdorol.jpg (9496 bytes)Oxford Dollar will be local rider Glen Dorol's second ride in South Australia's premier race. Dorol, who only retained the ride after a successful appeal against a recent protest, finished unplaced on Frenzel Rhomb two years ago.

Dorol predicted Oxford Dollar should be able to gain a soft run during the race from a reasonable barrier draw.

"There will be some pretty good pace on early and we should be able to slot across okay," Dorol said.

The talented heavyweight who has spent the past two weeks wasting in preparation for the mount felt the gelding's last run in the Group Two Carlton Draught Stakes was a shade disappointing.

"In his last race I thought he was going to win at the 600 metre mark but there was nothing really there when I let him down," Dorol reflected.

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