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Australian Racing - Racing: Dancer out to put on a show

Trainer Matthew Smith is hopeful that his filly Festival Dancer can put up a big performance in the Queensland Oaks, despite drawing an outside gate.

The daughter of Choisir was a Group 3 winner over 1600 metres in the spring and will jump from barrier 18 in the Group 1 Classic, for which she is an 80/1 chance.

Quick turnaround for Festival Dancer

Festival Dancer will be coming into the contest on the back of a seven-day turnaround after finishing seventh to Barb Raider in the Group 2 The Roses last weekend.

Smith is optimistic that the step up to 2200 metres and the quick turnaround can be key to helping the three-year-old produce a career-best effort.

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"I'm hoping it will and that she might come out and settle a bit better because she needs to settle to finish it off," Smith said.

"She didn't relax very well the other day. She pulled hard in the run and because she didn't relax, she didn't sprint.

"Her runs have been OK and if she can get a little bit of a break in the main race on Saturday, she will be there when the whips are cracking."

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