Oakleigh Plate 2011 Nominations

Nominations for all the Blue Diamond Stakes Day races running at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday February 26 have been released including those for the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

The sprint feature of the day, the 2011 Oakleigh Plate has attracted 25 nominees including dual Group 1 winner Star Witness who won the Blue Diamond Stakes here 12 months ago.

Starcraft colt Star Witness resumed with a first-up third behind Enjin Number Nine in the Listed Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on February 9.

Following the run trainer Danny O’Brien decided to save Star Witness for the shorter Group races during the autumn, the Oakleigh Plate to be used to decide whether they will take on the seemingly unbeatable Black Caviar in the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 12.

Danny O’Brien has also entered Pins five-year-old Keano for the Oakleigh Plate.

Premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody has five Oakleigh Plate entries this year with Rubiton Stakes runner-up Avenue, Fastnet Rock colt Hinchinbrook, Panipique, 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort and Reset mare Set For Fame all heading towards the 18-horse final field.

Mark Kavanagh has stablemates Catapulted, winner of the Rubiton Stakes first-up here on February 12, and Australia Stakes runner-up Undeniably both nominated for the Oakleigh.

Catapulted and Undeniably are two of the top picks behind Black Caviar in the 2011 Newmarket Handicap futures odds paying $19 and $21 respectively for the million dollar showdown through Luxbet.

Other notable 2011 Oakleigh Plate nominations include:

  • Faster Son (Trevor Bailey) – Consistent Queensland galloper beaten just twice in their eight career starts, most recently ran sixth in the Rubiton and will have improved from their Group race debut
  • Ortensia (Tony Noonan) – Also nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at the Blue Diamond Stakes meeting
  • Response (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) – Charge Forward mare resuming after a good spring season that included a win in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield
  • Solar Charged (John O’Shea) – Speedy filly who ran third in the Rubiton
  • Stirling Grove (Richard Jolly) – Improving South Australian galloper who was scratched from the Lightning Stakes last Saturday

The 2011 Oakleigh Plate final field and barrier draw will be out this Wednesday February 23 followed by the release of the odds at leading online bookmaker Luxbet.

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2011 Oakleigh Plate Nominations

# Horse Trainer Handicapper Rating
1 AVENUE Peter G Moody 106
2 BIGELOW Clinton McDonald 82
3 BROKEN Darren Weir 92
4 CARDINAL VIRTUE David Payne 93
5 CATAPULTED Mark Kavanagh 110
6 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes 107
7 FASTER SON Trevor Bailey 92
8 FIRST COMMAND Lee Freedman 108
9 GENERAL TRUCE Ricky Maund 89
10 HINCHINBROOK Peter G Moody 94
11 KEANO (NZ) Danny O’Brien 96
12 ORTENSIA Tony Noonan 111
13 PANIPIQUE Peter G Moody 88
14 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 107
15 REWARD FOR EFFORT Peter G Moody 105
16 SET FOR FAME Peter G Moody 107
17 SHELLSCRAPE Chris Waller 103
18 SHRAPNEL Mark Kavanagh 92
19 SOLAR CHARGED John O’Shea 98
20 STAR WITNESS Danny O’Brien 113
21 STIRLING GROVE Richard Jolly 94
22 TIME MATTERS Darren Weir 101
23 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh 96
24 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 93
25 ZEDI KNIGHT Brendan McCarthy 95