Bjorn Baker is strongly considering a trip to Melbourne during Cup week after Rock Forthe Ladies produced a gutsy win in the Filante Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday, his first victory since switching from Peter Moody's stable.
Rock Forthe Ladies moved up to Baker's stable after Moody retired from training in March and he registered a deserved win, overhauling the tough Religify, with Destiny's Kiss back in third.
The Sydney trainer has circled the greys race on Oaks day at Flemington in his calendar, a benchmark 90 Handicap over 1400m for the country's dappled gallopers with $100,000 up for grabs.
It'll mean a return to slightly more familiar surroundings for the five-year-old, who won the greys' race at Moonee Valley this time last year on Manikato Stakes night.
"I thought he'd run well today, he definitely wants a better track and I think that he floundered that last bit but it's good to see him do that. He's definitely up to Saturday grade.
"Peter Moody did all the hard work, I'm just lucky to get a ready-made horse. I was just the lucky beneficiary."