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John Thompson’s classy Flight Stakes winning filly First Seal is the early favourite of the 120 three-year-old fillies nominated for the Australian Oaks 2015 this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Racing NSW took nominations for all eight of the Group 1 The Championship races for the season including those for the quartet of majors held at Royal Randwick on Sydney Cup Day, Saturday April 11.
A winner of three of her six starts to date, Fastnet Rock filly First Seal won the Group 1 Flight Stakes over the Randwick mile in October before backing up a week later to run a brave second to Hampton Court in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
She’s been nominated for a host of options during The Championships including also the lucrative $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) both held on the same day as the Oaks.
The shortest price being offered for her in the all-in markets though is for the Australian Oaks.
The other two best fancied fillies among the Australian Oaks nominations this year are then Set Square and Winx.
Ciaron Maher’s lightly-raced Reset filly Set Square has won three of her four starts to date and is already also a Group 1 winner.
After a Listed win at Caulfield over 2000m on October 18 she raced at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November and beat a strong field by a good one and a half-length margin to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
She’s a proven Oaks performer then and is looking to complete the Crown Oaks – Australian Oaks double.
Sydney’s four-time premiership winning trainer Chris Waller prepares well fancied Street Cry filly Winx who, like First Seal, ran a great race in the Flight Stakes over the spring.
Boasting a strong record to date of three wins and two seconds from five starts, she won the Group 2 Furious Stakes at Randwick in September before two nice seconds at the track including when three lengths off First Seal in the Flight Stakes before being turned out for a spell.
Also in the mix is John Sargent’s locally-trained Crown Oaks runner-up Thunder Lady.
The Mastercraftsman filly travelled to Melbourne at the end of her spring preparation and had plenty of luck down south.
Firstly she won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day at Flemington then just five days later she returned to the track for the Crown Oaks and finished second to fellow Australian Oaks hope Set Square.
The Kiwi contingent is also out in force for this year’s Australian Oaks following the success of Donna Logan’s Rising Romance last autumn.
The best fancied of the New Zealand fillies in 2015 include the lightly-raced Lisa Latta-trained Platinum Witness, Vavasour last seen winning a Group 2 last Saturday over 2000m, and Murray Baker’s Savabeel filly Saavoya who won back-to-back Group 2 races at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Other notable Australian Oaks nominees include the Team Hawkes-trained grey Maastricht and Gai Waterhouse’s up-and-coming daughter of Zabeel Adrift.
Thinking Of You meanwhile is the most notable non-nominee from the pre-post fancies for the Oaks at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Peter Moody’s daughter of Thorn Park was as short as $8 to win but has not been nominated.
She is however entered for both the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and the $500,000 Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) on Sydney Cup Day instead of the Oaks.
Australian Oaks first acceptances close on Monday March 9 followed by the final field out on Tuesday April 7.
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2015 Australian Oaks Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||611x||ADRIFT (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67|
|2||09x883x||ALL KOOL||Diane Poidevin-Laine||N/A|
|4||218x||ARIANNE (NZ)||Pat Hyland||N/A|
|5||8x12x||BABY DON’T CRY||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||N/A|
|6||521x||BALLET SUITE||Chris Waller||N/A|
|8||12x4x||BETSY||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|9||41x||BILLIE FRECHETTE (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||N/A|
|10||4x||BLACK VELVETEEN||Michael Kent||N/A|
|11||1x||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|12||8x||BRONTE BABE||John Sargent||N/A|
|15||14x||CASHLA BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|17||296221x||CHENILLE (NZ)||Tony Pike||N/A|
|18||642x511x||CHOSEN PRAYER||Joseph Pride||68|
|20||2x||CLOUDBURST||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|21||–||COFFEE HIT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|24||7130x8x||DANE HUSSLER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|26||3x76x||DHAHAB||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|27||63x||DOESN’T MAKE SENSE||Mark Schmetzer||N/A|
|30||854x56x||EAST AFRIKA||Pat Carey||N/A|
|31||43x||EMBRACE THE ROCK||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|32||50x||EXCLUSIVE HEIGHTS||Paul Rocke||N/A|
|33||22x||EYES OF LOVE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||N/A|
|34||143x||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||N/A|
|35||4x12112x||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||103|
|36||26x2x||GIN LIZZIE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||N/A|
|37||1x||GIN SWING (NZ)||Tony Pike||N/A|
|40||7x53642x||GRANNY SMITH||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|42||–||HART (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||N/A|
|43||3x||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin||N/A|
|44||99x||HERBERINA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|45||315x||HIGH ABOVE||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|46||0x7x||HIGH COUNTRY||David Vandyke||N/A|
|47||4336484x||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren||N/A|
|48||–||HOT DEVILS||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|49||052x||IN A JIFFY (NZ)||John Sargent||N/A|
|50||42x||JOYFUL JOURNEY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|53||44x7x||LA BELLA ROUGE||Danny Williams||N/A|
|54||35x340x20x||LA CICCIOLINA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|55||–||LA MUSICIENNE||Nigel Blackiston||N/A|
|56||845x4x||LA STUPENDA||Kerry Parker||N/A|
|57||1x6470x25x||LADY MACAN||David Payne||N/A|
|58||36x1366x||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|60||622x||LIKE XENA||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|62||177x||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||N/A|
|63||499683184x||LOBBAN DYNAMITE||Robert Barnes||47|
|64||3x61580x4x||LUCKY RAQUIE||Gerald Ryan||79|
|66||1x122x4x||MAASTRICHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||77|
|67||54x6632x||MANHATTAN MOON||Marc Conners||N/A|
|69||454x25163x||MAROCAN DIVA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|70||714x7111x||MARPLE MISS||Kris Lees||N/A|
|71||2x||MARY QUANT (NZ)||Lance O’Sullivan||N/A|
|73||500x1699x||MISS INTERIORS||Anthony Cummings||N/A|
|75||16x3x||MUY BIEN||Anthony Cummings||62|
|76||44x||NAKATAAN (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|78||–||NINTH CHANCE||John Sargent||N/A|
|79||24x551x||NOUVELLE AGAIN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|83||0x11x||PIPI BEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||N/A|
|84||232x||PLATINUM WITNESS||Lisa Latta||N/A|
|87||4646x||QUINT AUSTRALIS||Carmen Murnane||N/A|
|88||9x||RAINDROPS ON ROSES||Nigel Blackiston||N/A|
|89||7x22310x||ROYAL OCEAN||Mick Price||N/A|
|90||5124x3x||RUSTIC MELODY||Kris Lees||N/A|
|91||22x815112x||SAAVOYA (NZ)||Murray Baker||N/A|
|92||0x0742224x||SANDY WATERS||Paul Cave||N/A|
|93||043x||SENSE IN THE CITY||Pat Carey||N/A|
|94||3111x||SET SQUARE||Ciaron Maher||N/A|
|95||–||SHAAHIDA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|96||8x67x10x||SHAMARDAL GOLD||Gai Waterhouse||62|
|98||714x55x||SHELLEY’S GIRL||Gwenda Markwell||61|
|100||00x||SIGNATURE MISS||Kerry Parker||N/A|
|101||161x||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||71|
|104||2x||SUFFIRE (NZ)||Lance O’Sullivan||N/A|
|105||213x1x||SWEET AND SPEEDY||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|106||49x1x||SWIFT LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||55|
|108||0x45x3x||TELAAWA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|109||64x325312x||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||N/A|
|112||22x231121x||VAVASOUR (NZ)||Peter J Williams||N/A|
|113||1x4x||VELOCE FORTE||Peter & Paul Snowden||65|
|114||36x||VIA CAVOUR||Mark Webb||N/A|
|116||12x2152x||WINE TALES||Chris Waller||N/A|
|117||–||WINTER SWEET||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|119||631x||ZARZALI||Bart & James Cummings||N/A|
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