A talented line-up of 15 staying fillies are engaged to face off in this Saturday’s 2014 Australian Oaks field running as one of four Group 1 features on Royal Randwick’s Sydney Cup Day program.
Due to jump at 3:05pm (AEST) as Race 6, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Seven News Australian Oaks (2400m) is shaping up as a top showdown with the current markets led by Lucia Valentina.
Drawn in gate two with Hugh Bowman to ride, the Kris Lees-trained daughter of Savabeel pays $2.50 in Australian Oaks betting at Ladbrokes.com.au after her smart win in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) last start.
She goes up to the mile and a half for the first time here but is tipped to relish the distance, and the likely wet conditions after thriving on a Heavy (8) at Rosehill for the Vinery.
Only two of her 13 rivals join Lucia Valentina under double figures in the Australian Oaks betting markets with the Guy Walter-trained Bernardini filly Zanbagh ($6) coming off a fifth in the Vinery and New Zealand raider Rising Romance ($6.50).
Two back Ekraar filly Rising Romance ran second to Puccini in the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) before dropping back to the 2000m in the Vinery for her Australian race debut.
With a run on Aussie soil now behind her, and stepping back up to the 2400m, Rising Romance is a definite danger of upsetting the locals this weekend.
Also in the mix at more generous prices for an Australian Oaks upset are then the likes of Suavito ($10) with the outside barrier and Missvonn ($16).
That’s what the bookies are saying, but what about the Australian Oaks form guide and betting history?
2014 Australian Oaks Form Facts & Betting Stats
- Last year’s Australian Oaks winner was the Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent who came off a win in the Adrian Knox Stakes, jumped from gate nine (of 10) and was ridden by Nash Rawiller
- Waller is without representation in the Oaks this year but Rawiller will look to go back-to-back partnering New Zealand Oaks winner #4 Miss Mossman ($26), out to atone for her dead last in the Vinery, from barrier 13
- Last year’s winning barrier (9) then belongs to the in-form Kiwi #7 Miss Selby ($17), coming off a second to Miss Mossman in the NZ Oaks, to be ridden by Glen Boss; barrier nine has produced three Oaks winners since 1983
- In that time the most successful barriers have been one and five with five wins a piece; this year the fillies drawn in those gates are #11 Amanpour (1) and #15 Blue Eyes (5)
- Boss is also the most successful Australian Oaks jockey in recent history with three wins from 12 rides
- Fillies coming via last weekend’s Adrian Knox Stakes this year, which has produced three of the past 10 Australian Oaks winners, are then #12 Missvonn (2nd), #11 Amanpour (5th), #10 Role Model (8th) and #15 Blue Eyes (10th)
- The most successful Australian Oaks lead-up in the past 10 years however has been the Vinery Stud Stakes, five of the Vinery winners going onto the Oaks with two – Heavenly Glow (2008) and Serenade Rose (2006) – taking out the double
- This year’s Vinery Stud Stakes winner #2 Lucia Valentina ($2.50) is out to be the next
- Also coming via the Vinery Stud are then #6 Forever Loved (3rd), #3 Rising Romance (4th), #1 Zanbagh (5th), #12 Missvonn (6th), #5 Suavito (7th), #9 Interspersed (8th), #8 Casino Dancer (12th) and #4 Miss Mossman (16th) who failed to beat home any of her rivals in her first run down under
- Favourites have a poor record in the Oaks with only three of the past 14 saluting and four in the past 10 years failing to place; this year’s favourite out to overcome the hoodoo is #2 Lucia Valentina ($2.50)
- The last favourite to win however was only two years back with Streama (2012) taking it out as the 2/5F
- The highest Win Rate of the field belongs to #2 Lucia Valentina (38%) followed by #3 Rising Romance (33%), #9 Interspersed (33%), #6 Forever Loved (29%) and #7 Miss Selby (29%)
- The best Place Percentage belongs to #7 Miss Selby (100%) followed by #5 Suavito (88%), #3 Rising Romance (67%), #10 Role Model (67%), #2 Lucia Valentina (63%), #11 Amanpour (60%) and #6 Forever Loved (57%)
- The only fillies to see the distance (2400m) previously arethe three New Zealand visitors: #4 Miss Mossman (1-1-0-0), #3 Rising Romance (1-0-1-0) and #7 Miss Selby (1-0-1-0)
- None have won at the track but two have placed at Randwick with: #8 Casino Dancer (2-0-1-0) and #12 Missvonn (1-0-1-0)
- In the wet the fillies to back with the top Heavy track records are: #1 Zanbagh (2-1-0-0), #2 Lucia Valentina (1-1-0-0), #8 Casino Dancer (3-0-2-0), #10 Role Model (2-0-1-0), #12 Missvonn (2-0-1-0), #14 Cuban Star (1-0-1-0), #6 Forever Loved (1-0-0-1) and #11 Amanpour (3-0-0-1)
Races.com.au will be publishing their exclusive Australian Oaks tips on Friday so make sure you stay tuned.
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