The filly that narrowly hung on to win the Belmont Guineas to make it three on the trot last start, Tick Tick Bloom heads the field for the 2014 Belmont Oaks in WA this weekend.
Adam Durrant’s Viscount three-year-old is in flying form winning her fourth race at start number eight on June 21 in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m).
She returns to the Belmont Park track this Saturday for another distance test, stepping up for the $100,000 Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m).
While she’s up in distance she does come back to fillies-only field after beating the boys a fortnight ago in her first stakes assignment.
Back-to-back Black Types now beckon the improver who is likely to continue her Belmont Winter Carnival campaign after Saturday in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) on July 19.
In the Guineas Tick Tick Bloom was ridden by William Pike from the outside barrier (15).
Pike stays on for her Oaks attempt, the duo drawn better in barrier eight of 13.
The winner had just a nose to spare in the Belmont Guineas and the horse that ran second that day, Midnight Shimmer also backs up in the Oaks.
Drawn in barrier six with Glenn Smith in the saddle, the Grant Williams-trained Blackfriars filly came super close to stakes success last time out and will be looking to go one better on the weekend.
Unlike Tick Tick Bloom, Midnight Shimmer has lots of stakes experience already and also has Group form up to a mile and a half.
She ran in three Black Type races back in March, including the Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) where she finished fourth to Balmont Girl.
Williams has also accepted for Star Of Husson who was flying earlier this campaign before coming undone when ninth in the Guineas.
She however did drop back from 2200m to the 1600m, and has winning form at the track up to 2100m so is tipped to bounce back as she goes back up in distance on the weekend.
Another in-form and well-drawn filly in Saturday’s Oaks clash meanwhile is the Fred Kersley-trained Decreed in barrier four and coming off a 1400m win at the track from last week.
Kersley’s other Oaks hope this year with the rails run from barrier one is then Busimiss who hasn’t won a race since December of 2012.
Other notable fillies in the mix include Shane Quilty’s Belmont Guineas fourth placegetter Dabang, improving Northam-based I’m Feeling Lucky and Eternal Secret who ran seventh in the WA Oaks last campaign.
The full Belmont Oaks 2014 field, barriers and jockeys for the set weights feature are listed below.
Make sure you don’t settle for second best odds this winter.
2014 Belmont Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw
Belmont Race 6 (3:15pm) – 05/07/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||x591304x82||MIDNIGHT SHIMMER||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||6||55.5kg|
|2||0x3517111||TICK TICK BLOOM||Adam Durrant||William Pike||8||55.5kg|
|5||0x24311149||STAR OF HUSSON||Grant Williams||Patrick Carbery||9||55.5kg|
|7||2610×24||DABANG||Shane Quilty||Brad Parnham||3||55.5kg|
|8||543×11624||I’M FEELING LUCKY||Cliff Smith||Shaun O’Donnell||13||55.5kg|
|9||3327557×42||ETERNAL SECRET||Chris Stelmach||Jason Whiting||5||55.5kg|
|10||852144||PINOT REILLY (NZ)||Ross & Clint Price||–||11||55.5kg|
|11||890×19||GRACIE MAY||Steve Wallace||Troy Turner||12||55.5kg|
|12||88×4247||PARISIAN PROMISE||Stephen Miller||Shaun Meeres||7||55.5kg|
|13||770726||HERECOMESTHESTORM||David Harrison||Chris Parnham (a)||2||55.5kg|