2013 Queensland Oaks Field Led By Dear Demi

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.

Dear Demi

Dear Demi has drawn ideally for the 2013 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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