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Oasis pleases in workout on tight Santa Anita track.

JON LEES

OASIS DREAM gave John Gosden and Richard Hughes the reassurance they sought that he could act on Santa

Anita's tight circuit when pleasing in his exercise on the turf course yesterday.

The leading hope for the Breeders' Cup Mile negotiated three bends of the California oval.

Hughes sat in behind a local lead horse for the spin. "That was no problem," the jockey said. "He got on the right lead straightaway, which is a big help.

"It was an exercise canter to clear his lungs. He hasn't done anything since last Saturday back in England. He cantered three bends at a steady pace. He went on the wrong leg going into the first but changed straightaway. The ground is beautiful - there is a bit of spring to it."

Temperatures remain high but Gosden believes the horses can cope with it better because there is little humidity.

"We'd be happier if temperatures were nearer 70 degrees - it very nearly touched 100 degrees yesterday," the trainer said.

Islington was the only other European challenger to try out the turf track.

Jock Brown, Sir Michael Stoute's travelling head groom, said: "I was pleased with the way she worked."

Dermot Weld forecast a big showing from his three contenders.

He said: "Dimitrova [Filly & Mare Turf] still looks really well and we know she will handle conditions. Refuse To Bend [Mile] is in the same form he was when he won the 2,000 Guineas. We are being ambitious with Relaxed Gesture [Juvenile], but I want to see how he handles the dirt."
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Date:Oct 22, 2003
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