Clarry Conners’ Crown Oaks champion filly Dear Demi runs in her latest Group 1 assignment this weekend heading a full field for the Queensland Oaks 2013 at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane.
The talented daughter of Dehere is one of 18 three-year-old fillies accepted for this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 XXXX Gold Queensland Oaks (2400m) which is due to run as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 3:40pm (AEST) as the Saturday racing highlight.
A proven performer over the distance having scored an impressive win in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) in Melbourne last Cup Carnival, Dear Demi comes into the Queensland Oaks on the back of some mixed form.
After a distant second to Royal Descent when beaten 10 lengths in the mud for the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in April she backed up a month later to win the Group 3 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben from barrier 16 of 16 defeating many fellow Queensland Oaks-bound hopes.
Last Saturday Conners ran Dear Demi again this time up against the boys in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) where she finished sixth behind Hawkspur who is now top fancy for Saturday week’s Queensland Derby.
In a big ask for the filly she will now run for the third time in as many weeks but the bookies are taking zero chances with Dear Demi, finally getting a gate with the ideal barrier three draw and Nash Rawiller to ride, set to start favourite in the Queensland Oaks odds.
The other top fancy in the early Queensland Oaks betting markets meanwhile is the Pat Carey-trained Gondokoro, seventh in the Crown Oaks last year, who has drawn the rails this weekend.
The Zabeel three-year-old has won just one of her 12 starts to date and is yet to finish better than Dear Demi in a race despite a number of the same runs this time in including her third in the Australian Oaks and devastatingly close second in The Roses.
There were excuses for both of those however with the Heavy (10) track at Randwick for the ATC Oaks and then the drop back to the unsuitably short 2000m in The Roses.
Other fillies that come via the traditional Doomben Roses lead-up this year then include runner-up Vaquera from the Gai Waterhouse stables, fourth placed Magic In Motion for local trainer Rob Heathcote and Just As Cosmic (5th).
High Chaparral filly Vaquera improved on a shocking 13th (of 14) in the Gold Coast Bracelet for her Queensland debut to come within a half length of Dear Demi in The Roses relishing the step up in distance, her nice staying pedigree and good gate five draw for Saturday making her and jockey Michael Rodd a top chance.
Waterhouse will also be represented in the Queensland Oaks field this year by fellow High Chaparral filly Porcellanus (barrier 13) who is undefeated in two starts so far having won at Newcastle (1400m) and then Warwick Farm (1600m) in May.
Magic In Motion didn’t have the same luck in the Oaks barrier draw as Waterhouse’s first hope meanwhile, the Queenslander with work to do out wide in the extreme outside gate (18 of 18) with Glen Colless retaining his association with the daughter of Magic Albert.
Just As Cosmic also caught the eye in The Roses having come off three wins back home in NSW at Hawkesbury, Canterbury and Wagga respectively and steps up in class again here for her Sydney-based trainer Steven Wilson.
Also in the mix on Saturday the likes of Kris Lees’ Gold Coast Bracelet winner Express Power (barrier two), Red Ransom filly Kazanluk (barrier eight) and the Peter Moody-trained daughter of Zabeel Miss Zenella (barrier 12) coming off a big win at Sale.
Check out the official 2013 Queensland Oaks field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.
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2013 Queensland Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 01/06/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||41×3105216||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Nash Rawiller||3||56.5kg||105|
|2||5313×52469||KAZANLUK||Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||8||56.5kg||83|
|3||x5314x3226||SOAPY STAR||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||10||56.5kg||82|
|4||3957×71432||GONDOKORO (NZ)||Pat Carey||–||1||56.5kg||84|
|5||231×421217||EXPRESS POWER||Kris Lees||Jim Cassidy||2||56.5kg||86|
|6||3×64256178||FANTISHA||Steven O’dea||Timothy Bell||9||56.5kg||78|
|7||409×405684||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren||Christian Reith||16||56.5kg||70|
|8||552×21103||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Michael Rodd||5||56.5kg||76|
|9||16234×0900||ANTARCTIC DREAM||Bruce W Hill||–||4||56.5kg||70|
|10||7×641115||JUST AS COSMIC||Steven Wilson||Chris Munce||14||56.5kg||72|
|11||232212×114||MAGIC IN MOTION||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||18||56.5kg||76|
|12||311×2830||ZOMBIE DANCER||Greg Eurell||Michael Walker||17||56.5kg||72|
|13||1151×40390||GERMAYNE LASS||Desleigh Forster||Ryan Wiggins||15||56.5kg||70|
|14||421640×449||IRELAND’S TEARDROP||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||7||56.5kg||65|
|15||521×31||MISS ZENELLA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||12||56.5kg||68|
|16||2x0801x017||PHANTOM CALLER||Peter Balzen||Paul Hammersley||6||56.5kg||67|
|17||11||PORCELLANUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||13||56.5kg||69|
|18||6359×31528||THE LAST SHOWER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–||11||56.5kg||62|