New Zealand Derby winner Habibi heads betting for Saturday’s $550,000 Group 1 2013 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick.
The three-year-old fillies’ feature contains 11 runners and Habibi is considered a $3 chance at bookmaker.com.au to beat her rivals home.
The winner of six of eight starts is having just her second Australian outing, finishing third to Norzita and Longport in the Vinery Stud Stakes on April 6.
Sharing the second line of betting at $5.50 are Crown Oaks winner Dear Demi and Chris Waller’s last-start winner Royal Descent.
Dear Demi was fifth in the Vinery at her last start and will have to show improvement after finishing six lengths off winner Norzita.
Royal Descent faces a step up in class and a seven-day turnaround but was strong when storming home for a 2 1/2 length win in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes last weekend.
Market mover is Longport who is hot on the tails of the top three at $6.
The Patinack-owned filly is a consistent performer and challenged Norzita until the dying stages when second in the Vinery.
The daughter of Casino Prince is yet to crack it in the top grade but won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes in the spring and was second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes.
No other runner falls under double figures, with in-form New Zealander More Than Sacred the next best at $11.
The More Than Ready filly was a dominant winner in the New Zealand Oaks last month also won her previous start in the Group 3 Sunline Vase.
Regular jockey Leith Inness will make the trip across the Tasman to assume the ride.
Others contesting the Oaks include Gondokoro ($13), Summer Bliss ($13), and Cameo ($31).