The premier race for fillies during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is nearly upon us with the 2012 Australian Oaks to run at Royal Randwick on April 21, the superlative Mosheen topping the latest markets for the three-year-olds’ classic.
There are still officially 64 horses making up the nominations for the $550,000 Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks (2400m), the best fancied of which is unsurprisingly Robert Smerdon’s triple Group 1 winner Mosheen.
A daughter of boom Aussie sire Fastnet Rock, Mosheen broke her elite level maiden with a nine length romp in the Crown Oaks last Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
She returned this year and has won three of her opening four starts including the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) where she beat home the boys by three lengths from the far outside barrier (16 of 16), no Australian Guineas winner before her having done so from a double digit gate.
Mosheen then made her Sydney race debut on March 17 to score another historical win over the colts and geldings in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Her blistering form has seen her shoot to the top of the early 2012 ATC Oaks odds at bookmaker.com.au paying $2.30.
Options for Mosheen remain open with Smerdon and connections also considering a run in the $1.5 million Group 1 ATC Australian Derby (2400m) a week before the Oaks.
Mosheen is the $9 second elect in the Australian Derby odds at bookmaker.com.au that are led by star Kiwi filly Silent Achiever ($7) who races in the $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) this Saturday.
A winner of her last four on the trot back home in NZ including the New Zealand Derby, the Roger James-trained Silent Achiever also occupies the second line of Australian Oaks odds at $4.40 through bookmaker.com.au.
The only other filly under double figures in the latest Australian Oaks betting markets is then 2011 Flight Stakes winner Streama ($7.50).
Guy Walter’s daughter of Stratum was last seen running fifth to Ofcourseican in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) as she failed to carry 55kg in the open-age field.
Other notable chances worth a look in in the early ATC Oaks futures markets include the Bart Cummings-trained Empress Rock who won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) by an impressive four lengths last Friday night on the back of a win in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) t Flemington, Anthony Cummings’ Canberra Guineas winner She Goes To Rio, Walter’s last-start Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic winner Appearance and up and coming Encosta De Lago filly Plumm.
Head to bookmaker.com.au today to get your early ATC Oaks bets down at the best prices before markets firm over the coming weeks.
2012 ATC Australian Oaks Odds
Randwick – 21/04/2012
|SILENT ACHIEVER||4.40 bookmaker.com.au|
|EMPRESS ROCK||11.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|SHE GOES TO RIO||14.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|ANGEL OF MERCY||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|BLISS STREET||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
*Fixed Win Odds Top 11 only & subject to change – see bookmaker.com.au for updates and to bet now!