Arabian Gold Leads Capacity Queensland Oaks 2014 Field

David Vandyke’s odds-on favourite Arabian Gold has been accepted into the 2014 Queensland Oaks field despite still not being a 100% confirmed to run in Saturday’s major.

Arabian Gold

Arabian Gold is looking more and more like a 2014 Queensland Oaks starter on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The in-form Dubawi filly is one of a capacity 18 starters plus five emergencies engaged for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

She’s also come up trumps with the inside alley, barrier one having produced the most Queensland Oaks winners since 1983 with five.

Blake Shinn is engaged for the ride after guiding her to victory in two of her three lead-up wins including the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 17.

Not only has she the ideal Queensland Oaks barrier, but The Roses has also produced eight of the past 10 Queensland Oaks winners including Scarlett Lady who completed the double in 2011.

However not everything has gone to plan for Arabian Gold who twisted a front plate before trackwork at Eagle Farm on Tuesday morning.

It was a close call for the Oaks favourite, but Vandyke is fairly positive they’ve avoided disaster.

“She had pulled it half off and a couple of nails were in a compromising position,” Vandyke told AAP.

“I was there and we managed to get the shoe off before she did any damage.

“We bandaged her foot and she galloped with no problems.

“She has new shoes on in front and we are optimistic. The farrier is confident there has been no damage.

“I think we have got out of jail.”

Still, if an abscess develops she will be scratched before jump throwing Queensland Oaks betting into disarray.

Second pick for the Oaks win this year is then the Rex Lipp-trained Tinto (barrier six) with Timothy Bell booked to ride the Red Dazzler filly.

She won the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) two back before running second to Arabian Gold in The Roses, a performance jockey Bell is confident she can go one better than with a clearer run over more distance on Saturday.

The Roses third place-getter Tornado Miss is also looking for the chance to atone on the weekend, the daughter of Snitzel trained by last weekend’s Doomben 10,000 winning trainer Tony Gollan.

Before The Roses Tornado Miss was also a credible fourth in the Bracelet run on a Heavy Gold Coast track, and she’s come up with a good gate two draw for Saturday.

The other major player in Queensland Oaks betting meanwhile has drawn horribly with late entry Khutulun out in barrier 22, into 17 of 18 with the emergencies out.

Luke Oliver’s Victorian raider has had just the five runs to date but has finished out of the money just once.

She earned her shot at the Oaks after a brave second to Queensland Derby hope Sonntag over 2000m at Caulfield on May 17 but will need a lot of luck from a barrier no winner has jumped from in the past 30 years.

Also drawing out in the carpark with horror draws are the likes of Tony Pike’s NZ Oaks third placed Rock Diva (23), the Robert Smerdon-trained Every Faith (21) to be ridden by Glen Boss and last start Wagga winner Ring Da Belle (20).

Trainer Robbie Laing meanwhile had a bit of luck getting his two Oaks hopes into calculations as the third and fifth emergencies, but will need even more good fortune if either Falamonte or Savvy Kingstonette get a run in the starting 18 on Saturday.

Other notable Queensland Oaks hopes this year meanwhile include Kris Lees’ Group 2 winning New Zealand import Hera, the David Hayes-trained Group 1 Schweppes Oaks runner-up Star Fashion and Anthony Cummings’ Gold Coast Bracelet second placed Street Cry filly Paris Match.

See below for the full Queensland Oaks 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights.

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2014 Queensland Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 7 – 3:40pm – 31/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 146×580111 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke Blake Shinn 1 56.5kg 98
2 5644×28812 TINTO Rex Lipp Timothy Bell 6 56.5kg 83
3 x812121x48 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 94
4 2266×19422 STAR FASHION David Hayes Jeff Lloyd 8 56.5kg 80
5 585×901593 EVERY FAITH Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 21 56.5kg 79
6 4215×05743 TORNADO MISS Tony Gollan Craig Newitt 2 56.5kg 76
7 14132 KHUTULUN Luke Oliver Ben Melham 22 56.5kg 70
8 23113×6 ROCK DIVA (NZ) Tony Pike Tye Angland 23 56.5kg 83
9 75×132742 PARIS MATCH Anthony Cummings Nash Rawiller 9 56.5kg 75
10 138×5274 RAUNCHY ROCKER Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 14 56.5kg 71
11 8623×3121 TERAI John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 10 56.5kg 71
12 8344×2130 ASADAUSKAITE (NZ) Michael Moroney Damian Browne 18 56.5kg 69
13 2130×90131 EXECUTE AT DAWN Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 13 56.5kg 69
14 x154740280 MOON AND THE STARS Harold Norman Rikki Jamieson (a) 15 56.5kg 66
15 71125×0924 SISTER SOUSS John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 4 56.5kg 70
16 12511 SANCERRE (NZ) Tony Pike Vinnie Colgan 11 56.5kg 74
17 5215×0231 SNAPCRACKLE (NZ) David Kelly TBA 17 56.5kg 67
18 33×6181 RING DA BELLE Paul Murray Michael Rodd 20 56.5kg 61
19e 096×71123 EKOFANIDEA (NZ) David Kelly TBA 12 56.5kg 63
20e x735x33414 GRANADOS Toby Edmonds TBA 19 56.5kg 63
21e 7174 FALAMONTE (NZ) Robbie Laing TBA 3 56.5kg 64
22e 1×8455413 SOMERSET LASS Liam Birchley TBA 16 56.5kg 60
23e 5481 SAVVY KINGSTONETTE (NZ) Robbie Laing TBA 7 56.5kg 59

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