True Fairy challenged the G1 Australian Oaks. After the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes, she returned to Ballina briefly before coming back to Sydney, with a rotation of just one week. Despite feeling like her preparation went smoothly before the race, she finished 10th out of 10 horses, and I wondered if there was some invisible fatigue present. Nevertheless, by finishing the race not too far behind some of Australia’s top-class middle-distance fillies, I was able to reaffirm her ability. The winning horse of the Oaks, Autumn Angel, is trained by Peter Moody, who is also famous for training the legendary Black Caviar in Australian racing history. Autumn Angel was stabled next to True Fairy in the visitors barn, and Peter showed that he was attentive to True Fairy’s preparation as well. Before the race, he even wished us “Good luck!” His thorough knowledge of the opposing horses indicated his hunger for victory. Expeditions to big races are beneficial for both myself and the horse in many ways.