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19/2/2020 Maher rates stables chances in Oakleigh Plate 

Ciaron Maher believes All Too Royal (All Too Hard) is capable of causing an Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) boilover at Caulfield on Saturday. The five-year-old gelding, who won the Christmas Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Caulfield on Boxing Day, was third behind Anaheed (Fastnet Rock) and Bold Star (Needs Further) at his most recent start in the Rubiton Stakes (Gr 2, 1100m) on February 8. “If Anaheed goes to the Oakleigh Plate we’ll meet her better at the weights and I think it will swing in our favour,” Maher told “The way he looks and the way that he’s working, he could be the little smoky in the race.”'
The stable will also be represented by the ever-consistent Bons Away (Bon Hoffa) in the Oakleigh Plate after the six-year-old did enough when fourth first-up in the W J Adams Stakes (Listed, 1000m) on February 1. “It was a really good run the other day, he was wide the whole way and his ratings were actually pretty good from the race,” Maher said. “He’s a big, strong, round horse, that run will really bring him on and his work (Monday) morning was sharp.” Bons Away has finished fifth and fourth respectively in the last two editions of the Oakleigh Plate. 
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