2013 Schweppes Australasian Oaks Nominations Released

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.

Royal Descent

Adrian Knox Stakes winner Royal Descent is set to back up in the 2013 Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide Saturday week. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ALZORA David Hayes 86
2 APALA Barry Brook 54
3 AURORA LIGHTS (NZ) Stephen Marsh 76
4 AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 67
5 BELLCHUCA Brian Searle 63
6 BLANKET BAY (NZ) Stephen Mckee 76
7 CAMEO Peter Snowden 85
8 CENTRICITY Heath Conners 57
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
14 GODSPIEL Gary Sherer 60
15 GRAND DAUGHTER Peter G Moody 67
16 HER TO ETERNITY (NZ) Murray Baker 67
17 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman 85
18 LA ZUMA Michael Moroney 61
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
27 REMORSE Peter Snowden 62
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
33 TRANSONIC John P Thompson 73
34 TRIPLE ACTION Craig Dickson 61
35 WOWEE John Sadler 60
36 YANTAR (USA) Michael Moroney 65