Ritchie devises an Oaks plan

Devise (nearest camera) will be trying to lift her act for the NZ Oaks

Devise (nearest camera) will be trying to lift her act for the NZ Oaks

Shaune Ritchie hopes a gear change will give Devise an added edge in tomorrow week’s Gr.3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes at Hastings.

“I’ll put the side winkers on her and hopefully that sharpens her up even more,” he said.

Devise finished third behind the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained pair of Bonneval and Nicoletta in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic last start and she will renew her rivalry with them at Hawke’s Bay then clash again in the Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks.

“They beat Devise fair and square at Te Rapa and they look the top three fillies for the Oaks,” said Ritchie. “I’ve just got to find a bit more from my filly to beat them.”

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