Small Field Suits Oak Door At The Valley

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Oak Door

A slight muscle injury has forced adjustments to 's program with the sprinter now to ready to run in the .

Since winning the Group Three at on July 13, Oak Door has been off the scene with a torn muscle.

The -trained sprinter is ready to reappear on Saturday at The Valley in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m).

“He's and well,” Sadler said.

“He had a good let-up because he had a slight muscle tear behind after his Caulfield win.

“It took him a little while to get over it and I had to give him a couple of quiet weeks, but I'm very happy with the horse.

“I was going to run him in the Aurie's Star at .

“It would have been a perfect race for him but he's back on track now, he looks great and is going to run really well.”

Sadler said as the six-year-old ages, the softer tracks during late winter and early spring suit the gelding.

Oak Door's win in the Monash Stakes was on a soft-rated track and Sadler sees Saturday's ground at The Valley as ideal.

And Sadler says the field of six will also be advantageous.

“It's a smart field but I think he'll get the right type of ground to suit, a track just into the soft range or at the best just into the good range,” he said.

“I just want to keep him , keep him running on tracks with a bit of give and he can win another nice race with the right conditions.”

Stablemate will attempt to replicate his last-start Valley success with victory in the (1200m).

Usain Bowler was impressive winning on August 3 and Sadler is expecting him to run well again.

“He's good, but it's a very good race, but he is a pretty good horse,” Sadler said.

“The way's he's going, and the way he's trained on, I'd say he'll finish top three.”

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