2012 Schweppes Australasian Oaks Final Field & Barriers

This Saturday Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse will come to life with ‘Black Caviar Day’ to feature two Group 1 classics including the Schweppes Australasian Oaks 2012 which has drawn a capacity field.

Empress Rock

Empress Rock will start one of the top fancies in the 2012 Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville this Saturday

With a sellout crowd ready to turn up and watch the Peter Moody-trained Black Caviar attempt her incredible 20th consecutive career success in the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), the bookmaker.com.au punters will earlier be treated to another elite level with the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) to run as Morphettville Race 5 at 2:35pm.

Won twelve months ago by Peter Moody’s Lights Of Heaven over AJC Oaks champ Absolutely and subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, another quality field of three-year-old fillies are set to do battle this weekend.

A capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies make up the Schweppes Oaks field for Saturday, the top-rated entry being Bart Cummings’ Victorian raider Empress Rock.

Drawn in barrier nine with Steven Arnold to ride Fastnet Rock filly Empress Rock won back-to-back Group 2 features in Melbourne taking out the Kewney Stakes – MV Fillies Classic double before her last start fifth to Crucial in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m).

The Moonee Valley Fillies Classic was the same race that Lights Of Heaven won before her Schweppes Oaks triumph 12 months ago.

Schweppervescence Stakes winner Crucial has also been accepted to back up in the Oaks on Saturday.

Anthony Freedman’s improving Nadeem filly overcame gate 16 of 16 to break her Group duck last start and from barrier 10 on Saturday looks a smart chance of becoming a Group 1 winner.

Other Schweppes Oaks hopes coming via a run in the Schweppervescence Stakes at the track on April 14 include runner-up Rahveel who will be ridden from barrier 15 with James Winks aboard on Saturday, and third palcegetter Crimson Lady who has come up with the extreme outside gate.

Also in the Schweppes Oaks picture this year are the likes of the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Secret Liaison coming off a third in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) in Sydney, the Robert Smerdon-trained Red Typhoon to be ridden by Glen Boss, and Michael Kent’s MV Fillies Classic third placegetter Our Miss Jones in gate two with Black caviar’s jockey Luke Nolen engaged.

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2012 Schweppes Australasian Oaks Field, Barriers & Jockeys

Morphettville Race 5 – 2:35pm – 28/04/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 10X32115 EMPRESS ROCK Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 9 56kg 95
2 2X140X7241 CRUCIAL Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 10 56kg 89
3 714528X742 RAHVEEL Leon Corstens James Winks 15 56kg 81
4 251X877623 SECRET LIAISON Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Mark Zahra 11 56kg 79
5 2X2233X248 SHARNEE ROSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Michelle Payne 7 56kg 78
6 7X56911166 TEMPER TANTRUM Alex Macpherson Rhys McLeod 4 56kg 70
7 95X3335110 ROCK CULTURE Mark Kavanagh Mark Pegus 18 56kg 74
8 X60X903324 INVEST Clarry Conners Peter Mertens 1 56kg 69
9 06851X3914 RED TYPHOON Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 16 56kg 68
10 2X42X33 OUR MISS JONES (NZ) Michael Kent Luke Nolen 2 56kg 70
11 21X186X514 KASUMI (NZ) John Sargent Damian Browne 3 56kg 75
12 641X513228 SPELLDANCER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Adrian Patterson 19 56kg 67
13 320365X42 GIOE Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 6 56kg 64
14 312X3658 PRINCESS ROCK Darren Weir Michael Walker 13 56kg 65
15 4X1413 CRIMSON LADY (NZ) Michael Moroney Jason Lyon 20 56kg 69
16 84X2125356 ESSENCE Phillip Stokes Ms Clare Lindop 5 56kg 65
17e 3322 QUICK RETORT Stephen Theodore Craig Robertson 12 56kg 63
18e 231019 ELLDAMI Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 14 56kg 70
19e 5166X10 PENTIMENTO Michael Kent 8 56kg 66
20e 33134 CRYSTALISED (NZ) Anthony Freedman Daniel Moor 17 56kg 62