Ortensia and Woorim Head 2013 Oakleigh Plate Weights

Defending champion Woorim and globetrotting mare Ortensia will share the topweight of 58kg for Saturday’s Group 1 $400,000 2013 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Woorim (pictured) is joint 58kg topweight for the Oakleigh Plate with Ortensia. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Both horses will be running first-up and both will be coming back after an extended period of time off.

Ortensia hasn’t been seen since September when her successful international campaign ended in disappointing circumstances when 12th in the Sprint Cup at Haydock in the UK.

Prior to that the Paul Messara-trained galloper enjoyed an outstanding overseas expedition that saw her record victories in the Group 1 Al Quoz sprint in Dubai and both the Group 2 King George Stakes and the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.

Woorim delivered Robert Heathcote his first Group 1 win with a barnstorming come-from-behind win in the Oakleigh Plate last year before illness and injury saw him struggle for the rest of the autumn and winter.

The seven-year-old was then forced to miss the entire spring after suffering a tendon injury early in his preparation.

Also high up in the weights is unbeaten Perth sprinter Barakey (57kg) who will have his first race outside Western Australia this weekend.

The five-year-old has dominated the sprinting scene in the west, chalking up 11 undefeated starts including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in November.

Winterbottom Stakes third placegetter Spirit Of Boom could get the chance to turn the tables on Barakey and has been allocated 56kg for the challenge.

The Queensland sprinter is coming off a solid spring campaign where he finished runner-up in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality and the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes and third in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes.

Former Magic Millions Classic winner Karuta Queen will step out for her first start under new trainer Peter Moody with a favourable weight allocation of 52.5kg.

Other notable horses nominated for the Oakleigh Plate include Queenslsand gelding Adebisi (55kg), Australia Stakes winner Sea Lord (55.5kg) and 2012 third placegetter Facile Tigre (55kg).

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Oakleigh Plate 2013 – Weights

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ORTENSIA Paul Messara 1 58kg 113
2 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 2 58kg 109
3 BARAKEY Jim P Taylor 3 57kg 107
4 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 5 56kg 105
5 SEA LORD Stephen Brown 6 55.5kg 104
6 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster 7 55kg 103
7 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan 8 55kg 103
8 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 4 54.5kg 106
9 FREERETURN Jason Warren 9 53.5kg 100
10 AVOID LIGHTNING David Jolly 13 52.5kg 97
11 CANALI Stephen Brown 12 52.5kg 98
12 EIGHT BILLS Troy Portelli 19 52.5kg 88
13 KARUTA QUEEN Peter G Moody 10 52.5kg 99
14 MRS ONASSIS Gerald Ryan 14 52.5kg 97
15 RESCUE MISSION (NZ) Anthony Freedman 17 52.5kg 94
16 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 11 52.5kg 98
17 SOLSAY Michael Kent 21 52.5kg 81
18 UNANIMOUSLY Matthew Dale 16 52.5kg 95
19 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh 15 52.5kg 96
20 WHITLAM Kris Lees 20 52.5kg 82
21 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price 22 50.5kg 78
22 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 18 50.5kg 88