Queensland Oaks 2012 – Capacity Field Named

A capacity field of 18 horses and five emergencies has been named for Saturday’s Group 1 $400,000 2012 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm.

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In-form filly Invest has drawn barrier 22 for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks

There is a real New Zealand flavour to the field and one of the favourites to take out the feature for three-year-old fillies is Shaune Ritchie-trained Miss Artistic.

The daughter of Darci Brahma has drawn barrier 12 and will be out to score her first victory on Australian soil after showing promise in two lead-up races.

Miss Artistic came to Australia with plenty of hype after winning the New Zealand Oaks and has recorded finishes of fourth and second since arriving for the Winter Carnival.

The job of scoring a third consecutive victory has become difficult for Invest after the in-form filly drew barrier 22.

Trained by Clarry Connors, the daughter of Dehere has been in sensational form of late, backing up her Group 1 Schweppes Oaks win at Morphetville by taking out the Group 3 Roses ahead of Miss Artistic.

Gold Coast Bracelet winner Scorpio Queen came third in the Roses and will again be one of the main chances after drawing reasonably in barrier nine.

Leading New Zealand trainer John Sargent will be relieved that his filly Quintessential has drawn the inside barrier after producing solid fourth-place finishes despite poor barrier draws in her last two starts.

Another New Zealand filly who gets a chance to convert her recent place-finishes into victory this weekend is Howard Matthews-trained Poste Restante.

The consistent three-year-old backed up a second to the highly-rated Malandrino in the Manawatu Classic with her first run in Australia that saw her finish just 0.2 of a length behind winner Brambles when third in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate.

A daughter of Postponed, Poste Restante has drawn a reasonable barrier 11 position and will have talented New Zealand jockey James McDonald in the saddle.

Other horses set to line up in the Queensland Oaks include Gerald Ryan-trained Angel Of Mercy and last-start winners Love Excels and Rock Hit.

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Queensland Oaks 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 0X90332411 INVEST Clarry Conners Peter Mertens 22 56.5kg
2 232596X640 DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ) Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg
3 1444351142 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chris Munce 12 56.5kg
4 X215376116 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 10 56.5kg
5 X0X211X613 SCORPIO QUEEN Chris Waller TBA 9 56.5kg
6 851X391481 RED TYPHOON Robert Smerdon Nash Rawiller 14 56.5kg
7 313211X507 PRETTY PINS (NZ) John P Thompson Michael Cahill 21 56.5kg
8 1X21133344 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent Damian Browne 1 56.5kg
9 X5211X3019 ANGELUS Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 23 56.5kg
10 77044X7925 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent Damien Oliver 8 56.5kg
11 6732153423 POSTE RESTANTE (NZ) Howard Mathews James McDonald 11 56.5kg
12 X148102208 ROCKSAN Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 6 56.5kg
13 0110150360 TYCOON’S HEART David Kelly Timothy Bell (a) 18 56.5kg
14 929X711745 ELIZA BLUES (NZ) Chris Waller TBA 2 56.5kg
15 62231X3770 URBAN ROCKER Chris Waller TBA 3 56.5kg
16 3122021 ROCK HIT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 15 56.5kg
17 X446111330 ANAGOLD Bryan Guy Michael Rodd 19 56.5kg
18 21 LOVE EXCELS Tim Martin Hugh Bowman 16 56.5kg
19e 5154113 TUSKEGEE HAWK Len Treloar Larry Cassidy 17 56.5kg
20e 3X5151 HULA LUA (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 7 56.5kg
21e 3313404 CRYSTALISED (NZ) Anthony Freedman TBA 4 56.5kg
22e 562211 ABLACKAHAWKA John Yeates TBA 13 56.5kg
23e 52614X5042 GRAB THE LOOT Darryl Gollan Jason Taylor 20 56.5kg