Crown Oaks 2012 Final Field Headed by Zydeco

All the excitement at the moment is about the 2012 Melbourne Cup but quality racing goes on all week with Thursday’s highlight being the Group 1 2012 Crown Oaks (2500m).

The best staying fillies in the country will line up to contest the $1 million event which features a quality 16-horse field.

Heading the group of emerging stars is the Anthony Freedman-trained Zydeco who cemented herself as Oaks favourite with a dominant Wakeful Stakes win on the weekend.

The daughter of Zabeel showed her staying ability when ridden quietly by Kerrin McEvoy before exploding down the outside to beat home her rivals by two lengths.

McEvoy was quick to endorse the emerging stayer as an Oaks contender following the win on Saturday.

“I was able just to get back and relax. When I got to the outside she really picked up and had a trouble free run,” McEvoy said.

“It’s good signs going into next week over 2500m in the Oaks.

“Hopefully we can do the same next Thursday.”

Oaks minor placegetters Maraatib and Transonic will be out turn the tables on Zydeco in Thursday’s feature race.

David Hayes-trained filly Maraatib is still a maiden but has improved with each step up in distance and has finished in the top three in her past four starts.

Transonic has also been a consistent performer, having finished in the top three in her eight most recent starts.

Dear Demi was considered the most capable of upsetting Zydeco prior to the Wakeful but suffered no luck in running and was blocked for a run on a number of occasions on her way to fourth place.

The consistent filly won at Group 2 level in the Furious Stakes earlier in the spring and is likely to be among the top contenders on Thursday.

Others in the Oaks field include New Zealand filly Kate, Guy Walter’s Zucotto and the lightly-raced Summerbliss.

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Crown Oaks 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 212×314324 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 12 55.5kg 95
2 61531 ZYDECO Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.5kg 93
3 170×34406 MAMA’S CHOICE David Hayes Damien Oliver 2 55.5kg 72
4 4x438x3401 ALZORA David Hayes Nicholas Hall 5 55.5kg 74
5 7522231133 TRANSONIC John P Thompson Mark Zahra 6 55.5kg 72
6 235×252322 MARAATIB David Hayes Michael Walker 3 55.5kg 72
7 58542164 IRELAND’S TEARDROP Anthony Cummings Vlad Duric 13 55.5kg 64
8 12 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent Craig Williams 1 55.5kg 70
9 370×116085 KATE (NZ) Wayne Hillis James McDonald 14 55.5kg 66
10 3×586110 TYANNA Robbie Griffiths Michael Rodd 11 55.5kg 66
11 1507 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney Corey Brown 9 55.5kg 62
12 9×6159 ZUCCOTTO Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 4 55.5kg 61
13 50×6190 TEN BLACK Matthew Hyland Luke Nolen 10 55.5kg 62
14 0x75395 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 8 55.5kg 61
15 502 FINNEGAN BEGINEGAN Paul Banks Craig Newitt 15 55.5kg 58