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Hiyaam to show versatility

Mick Price figures his Vinery Stud Stakes winner and Australian Oaks runner-up Hiyaam is a Caulfield Cup horse but he's not so convinced that her daring jump-and-run style will take her there.

Hiyaam broke up the field with her rolling, front-running tactics in the Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill before a similar tactic last Saturday at Randwick saw her hold off all but the exciting staying prospect Unforgotten in the $1million 2400m classic.

But Price said on Monday that while those tearaway tactics helped her to a Group 1 win and an ATC Oaks placing, he did not want to turn her into a one-dimensional horse.

"She is very brave, natural stayer who is a big striding girl and I'm sure there's more to her than what you see," Price said.

"I'm not that excited by one-trick ponies as then they (opposition) start to look for you as a bunny so I'm certainly not locking-in that way of riding her."

Hiyaam's season is far from over as she progresses from Sydney to Brisbane where she will contest the $175,000 Group 2 The Roses at Doomben on May 12 before the Group 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks over 2200m at Doomben two weeks later.

Hiyaam is not Price's only Group 1 Oaks hopeful following the eye-catching performance of Miss Admiration to finish third as a $101 outsider in last Saturday's Oaks at Randwick after being well back on the home turn.

"Miss Admiration is going to go to the (Group 1) Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide on the 5th (May) as a lead in to the 19th (May) which is the (Group 3) SA Fillies Classic (2500m).

Hiyaam and Michael Dee, picture Sportpix.com.au

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