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Angland to ride Rock Diva in Queensland Oaks

Leading jockey Tye Angland has secured the ride on Rock Diva for the Queensland Oaks with regular rider Leith Innes out injured.

Rock Diva is rated an $8 chance for the Group 1 fillies feature following a bold showing in the Doomben Roses.

After finishing third in the New Zealand Oaks, Rock Diva had a short let-up before only one barrier trial ahead of the 2000m Group 2 event.

The daughter of Bohemian Blues settled back in the field from a wide barrier and attacked the line strongly to finish sixth behind Queensland Oaks favourite Arabian Gold, a run which indicated the rise to 2400m would be ideal.

Trainer Tony Pike’s Queensland carnival team will be bolstered by Sacred Star, another Mulcaster Bloodstock purchase, who won a recent barrier trial at Doomben in impressive style.

Runner-up in the Group 1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa last start, Sacred Star is nominated for the Stradbroke Handicap.