The nominations for the seven Group 1 majors of the upcoming Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival have now been released by Racing Queensland including those for the three-year-old fillies’ classic, the Queensland Oaks 2012.
Running at Brisbane’s famous Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday June 2, this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks (2400m) attracted 87 nominations, down 36 on last year.
Twelve months ago the Queensland Oaks trifecta was dominated by Kiwi raiders with Scarlett Lady and Shez Sinsational finishing second and third respectively, Lee Freedman’s Victorian visitor Becerra sandwiched in between in second place.
This year it is shaping up as a more local affair with the majority of Queensland Oaks nominees coming from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, however there is one very dangerous looking New Zealand filly in the mix.
The John Sargent-trained Shinko King filly Kasumi debuted down under at career start number eight last time out to finish a good fourth in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) and will get her chance to improve on that when she races in the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville this Saturday.
A number of other major Queensland Oaks hopes will face off in the Adelaide classic including:
- The Anthony Freedman-trained Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes winner Crucial
- Their stablemate Crystalised
- Zabeel filly Rahveel
- The Michael Kent-trained MV Fillies Classic third placed Our Miss Jones
- Robert Smerdon’s Red Typhoon
One surprise omission from the Queensland Oaks early entries was the Guy Walter-trained Streama who won an exclusive invitation into the race after winning the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Other more notable 2012 Queensland Oaks nominees include:
- Aliyana (Bart Cummings)
- Crimson Lady (Michael Moroney)
- Euryale (Peter Snowden)
- Hidden Jewel (Matthew Dunn)
Murwillumbah-based filly Hidden Jewel won the Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday, her third win at the track.
The fillies that finished two-three behind Hidden Jewel in the Princess Stakes, the Toby Edmonds-trained Rocksan and David Kelly’s Tycoon’s Heart, have also both been nominated for the Queensland Oaks.
One of the key lead-up races to the Queensland Oaks, which Scarlett Lady won on her way to Group 1 success, is the $175,000 Group 3 The Roses (2020m) running at Doomben on May 19.
First acceptances for the race will be taken on Wednesday May 23 followed by the release of the 2012 Queensland Oaks final field on May 30.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest updates.
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2012 Queensland Oaks Nominations
Eagle Farm – 02/06/2012
|1||ALIYANA (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|5||ANGEL OF MERCY||Gerald Ryan|
|7||ANOTHER SUPERIOR (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|8||ARTIE’S SHEILA||Michael Moroney|
|9||ARTISTIC (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie|
|10||BELLS OF TROY||Wendy Kelly|
|11||BEVICO GIRL||Robert Heathcote|
|12||BIKINI STAR||Bart Cummings|
|13||BLAZING DRAGON||Bart Cummings|
|14||BLUE RIBBON||Colin Little|
|15||BREATHING FIRE||David Pfieffer|
|16||BUGABOO (ARG)||Grahame Begg|
|17||BUSINESS DAY (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|19||CHARLOTTE’S STAR||Kris Lees|
|20||CHERYL MOANA MARIE (NZ)||Guy Lowry|
|21||CLASSIC ELLE||Tony Vasil|
|22||CRAZY MAMMA||Bryan Guy|
|23||CRIMSON LADY (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|25||CRYSTALISED (NZ)||Anthony Freedman|
|26||DANCING CRIMINALS||Roger Milne|
|27||DARK MATTER||Bruce Brown|
|28||DIAMOND DAYS (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|30||DOZING STAMPEDE||Roger Milne|
|31||DUELLING GODDESS (NZ)||Joanna Methven|
|32||ELIZA BLUES (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|33||ENDLESS SHADOW||Robert Heathcote|
|35||FLINDERS COMMAND||Michael Lakey|
|36||FLYING BAY||John O’Shea|
|38||FRONTALIS||John P Thompson|
|40||GOTTA BE LUCKY||Peter Strong|
|41||GRAB THE LOOT||Darryl Gollan|
|42||HIDDEN JEWEL||Matthew Dunn|
|43||HULA LUA (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|44||INDEX PAGE||Kelly Schweida|
|45||JOHANNA’S OWN||Tony Noonan|
|46||KASUMI (NZ)||John Sargent|
|47||KENAMON BELLE||Michael Moroney|
|48||LAVISH LIFESTYLE||John Wallace|
|49||LEXICAL AMBIGUITY||Brad Witt|
|50||LUCKY PENNY||Peter Morgan|
|51||MAKE HAAY||Graham Burke|
|52||MINE TO KEEP (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|53||MORE DUST||Bryan Guy|
|55||MYSTIC DANCER||Leon Corstens|
|56||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|57||PANHANDLE||John P Thompson|
|58||PEARLS (NZ)||Guy Lowry|
|59||PENDOLIN (NZ)||Brett Partelle|
|61||PIMMS TIME (NZ)||Guy Lowry|
|63||POSTE RESTANTE (NZ)||Howard Mathews|
|64||PRECIOUS MANDY||Maryann Thexton|
|65||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|66||PRINCESS ROCK||Darren Weir|
|67||QUICK RETORT||Stephen Theodore|
|68||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent|
|70||RAW STORM||Todd Howlett|
|71||RED TYPHOON||Robert Smerdon|
|72||ROCK HIT||Peter G Moody|
|75||RUSH TRIP||Stephen Rundle|
|76||SCORPIO QUEEN||Chris Waller|
|77||SECRET GARDEN||Paul Nolan (Jnr)|
|78||SECRET INDULGENCE (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|80||STRIP SHOW||John P Thompson|
|81||TIGER’S GIRL||Michael Moroney|
|82||TUSKEGEE HAWK||Len Treloar|
|83||TYCOON’S HEART||David Kelly|
|84||URBAN ROCKER||Chris Waller|
|85||VITTORIA (NZ)||Robyn & Russell Rogers|