While the current Oaks-hype is on this weekend’s Australian Oaks in Sydney, Saturday week it will be Adelaide’s turn to host the season’s more exciting three-year-old fillies with the Schweppes Australasian Oaks 2013 to run at Morphettville Racecourse.
One of two elite level features on the program in South Australia for April 27 along with the Robert Sangster Stakes won 12 months ago by super sprinter Black Caviar, this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) has attracted 36 early entries.
Along with the usual contingent of interstate rivals this year’s Australasian Oaks could also feature two overseas-trained fillies with Kiwi’s Aurora Lights (Stephen Marsh) and Her To Eternity (Murray Baker) both in the mix.
Darci Brahma three-year-old Aurora Lights has been in top form this time in running two good thirds behind ATC Australian Oaks hope More Than Sacred back home last month firstly in the Group 3 Sunline Stkaes (2100m) and then the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
Her To Eternity meanwhile will put her Australasian Oaks bid on the line when she races at Sandown today in the D’Urban Handicap (2100m).
Two smart fillies that are among the final field for this Saturday’s $550,000 Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) are also nominated for the Australasian Schweppes Oaks with the Peter Snowden-trained Cameo out to improve on her 13th in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) last start and Royal Descent from Chris Waller’s stables.
Redoute’s Choice filly Royal Descent ran second to Cameo two starts back in the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) but improved on that last Saturday with a big two and a half length win in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick.
Other notable hopes then include the David Hayes-trained duo Alzora who was 11th in the Vinery and Tasmanian Oaks champ Global Balance who won the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville from barrier 15 of 16 last Saturday.
Also coming via the traditional lead-up race with a run in the Schweppervescence are the likes of the Phillip Stokes-trained Maybe Discreet (2nd), John Hyam’s Swinging Soldier (3rd) and Group 2 winning Victorian raider Kazanluk (4th) from the stables of Anthony Freedman.
See below for the full 2013 Schweppes Oaks nominations, the final field and barrier draw to be released next week.
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2013 Schweppes Australasian Oaks Nominations
Morphettville Racecourse – 27/04/2013
|3||AURORA LIGHTS (NZ)||Stephen Marsh||76|
|4||AVERAU||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||67|
|6||BLANKET BAY (NZ)||Stephen Mckee||76|
|9||CLEAR DIRECTION (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||57|
|10||EXPRESS POWER||Kris Lees||73|
|11||FIRST BLOOM||Darren Weir||66|
|12||FRENCH BUTTERFLY||Stephen Theodore||61|
|13||GLOBAL BALANCE||David Hayes||91|
|15||GRAND DAUGHTER||Peter G Moody||67|
|16||HER TO ETERNITY (NZ)||Murray Baker||67|
|18||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney||61|
|19||LIGHTHOUSE FLAME||Mick Price||58|
|20||LUCKY LIVI||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||64|
|21||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||90|
|22||MOLTO BENE||Roslyn Day||79|
|23||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren||70|
|24||READY DIVA||Matthew Williams||58|
|25||REAL DELIGHT (NZ)||Michael Kent||61|
|26||RECKLESS ASSASSIN||John Sadler||61|
|28||ROYAL AMATI||David Hayes||62|
|29||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||88|
|30||SEPTEMBER STAR||Mark Kavanagh||58|
|31||ST ISSEY (NZ)||Pat Hyland||61|
|32||SWINGING SOLDIER||John Hyam||77|
|33||TRANSONIC||John P Thompson||73|
|34||TRIPLE ACTION||Craig Dickson||61|
|36||YANTAR (USA)||Michael Moroney||65|