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Winning Ways (Declaration of War-Skip Along, by Galileo), who incurred a three month ban when she bled after winning the Gr1 Queensland Oaks at Doomben in June, is poised for her Spring campaign, reports racingqueensland.com.au. Trainer Gary Newham has entered her in Race 9 at Doomben on Saturday, an Open Handicap over 1350m. "Barrier trials are no use to her and I'm a great believer in giving horses long pace work and leaving the rest for race day," Newham said. "She's come back after her spell in great order and she's 90 per cent fit. She weighed 428kgs when she won the Oaks and she's now 520kgs. She was very weak last preparation but she's strengthened up a lot after her spell and her track rider says she's got a lot more power." Winning Ways holds a nomination for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, but will miss the latter. "You wouldn't know she bled after the Oaks as it was only a tiny trickle on your finger and she easily passed a gallop in front of stewards last week. The Cox Plate has come around too quick for her and she'll go to Sydney first before we think about the Caulfield Cup. She'll have another run here in an 1800 metre race at Eagle Farm in two weeks then go down for The Metropolitan in Sydney. But she'll have to run well in both her races here to warrant going away." Winning Ways has won seven of her 13 starts and was purchased for $110,000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Previously owned by the late Paul Makin, Winning Ways is now raced by his family.