Following the announcement earlier in the week that Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated filly Atlantic Jewel had suffered a pulled hamstring and would not get the chance at a second elite level this season in the Crown Oaks 2011, 11 other three-year-olds have been accepted for Thursday’s Melbourne Cup Carnival classic.
Racing Victoria released the official 2011 Crown Oaks final field and barriers on Monday morning, with the Robert Smerdon-trained Mosheen the highest rated filly in contention.
The smart daughter of Fastnet Rock, runner-up in the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old, has been in excellent form this season which included a game second to Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.
Last Saturday Mosheen avoided another run against the then Crown Oaks favourite Atlantic Jewel, who won the Wakeful Stakes on Derby Day by an overwhelming seven lengths, with Smerdon starting Mosheen instead in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) against older rivals.
Well-liked in the Myer Classic markets, Mosheen carried just 49kg but could only manage to finish four and a half lengths away sixth behind upset winner Hurtle Myrtle.
Thursday will be her first look at a distance greater than a mile, so how Mosheen steps up and handles the 2500 metres of the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks is very questionable.
Still, she has the right draw for her stamina test having come up with gate two of 11 and will be ridden by Danny Nikolic.
The filly everyone is tipping to open at the top of the updated Crown Oaks odds at Luxbet is the Graeme Rogerson-trained Dowager Queen.
Drawn in barrier eight with Craig Williams engaged, Savabeel three-year-old Dowager Queen finished third to Atlantic Jewel in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) last Saturday and is bred for the Crown Oaks distance making her a very nice selection.
Watch for a jockey change, however, if Williams does not win his appeal against a 10-meeting suspension.
Surprise Wakeful Stakes third placegetter on Derby Day was the Leon Corstens-trained Rahveel.
Although beaten seven lengths by Atlantic Jewel, with the raging favourite out there is sure to be plenty of money rolling in on the daughter of Zabeel to race competitively in the Crown Oaks 2011 as she gets up to her right distance.
Rahveel drew the far outside Crown Oaks gate making her assignment slightly more difficult as she has never jumped from further out than seven.
Another filly that will have their work cut out for them from a wide gate on Thursday is the Bart Cummings-trained Gliding.
Cummings vies for his 10th Crown Oaks success this year, his first since Faint Perfume in 2009, who jumped from barrier nine to take out the feature two years ago.
Gliding is double digits in barrier 10, the Flying Spur filly having beaten Dowager Queen two starts back in the Listed Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield before her eight lengths away fourth in the Wakeful at Flemington last Saturday.
Other notable fillies in the Crown Oaks 2011 field include the Michael Kent-trained trio of Gioe (barrier nine), Vittoria (barrier four) and Pentimento (barrier seven), and Anthony Cummings’ last-start Bendigo winner Lady Jouster.
Drawn nicely in barrier three, Lady Jouster will be ridden by Dean Yendall on Thursday, the hard-working hoop to get his first ride in the iconic Melbourne Cup on Tuesday aboard The Lexus Stakes winner Niwot ($12 Luxbet).
The 2011 Crown Oaks is scheduled to run as Flemington Race 6 at 3:40pm (AEDST) on Thursday, which is the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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2011 Crown Oaks Field, Barriers & Jockeys
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||12X353126||MOSHEEN||Robert Smerdon||Danny Nikolic||2||55.5kg||100|
|2||1144X16323||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Craig Williams||8||55.5kg||86|
|3||3346514||GLIDING||Bart Cummings||Darren Beadman||10||55.5kg||82|
|4||771452||RAHVEEL||Leon Corstens||Damien Oliver||11||55.5kg||78|
|5||21258||ROMA GIACONDA||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||6||55.5kg||72|
|6||32036||GIOE||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||9||55.5kg||66|
|7||2012X7704||VITTORIA (NZ)||Michael Kent||Craig Newitt||4||55.5kg||66|
|8||5X4150||FALLEN ONE||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||1||55.5kg||65|
|9||214||FLAME OF LANKA||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||5||55.5kg||64|
|10||0921||LADY JOUSTER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Dean Yendall||3||55.5kg||61|
|11||516||PENTIMENTO||Michael Kent||Corey Brown||7||55.5kg||65|