A capacity field of flying fillies will face off at Morphettville Racecourse in Saturday’s Australasian Oaks 2015 in Adelaide with a host of last-start winners set to dominate the markets.
Due to run as Morphettville Race 5 at 2:38pm (SA time) as one of two elite levels on the Robert Sangster Stakes Day card, this autumn’s $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) features 16 confirmed starters plus four emergencies.
Sitting top of the field is the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained Fenway drawn nicely in barrier six, which only produced an Australasian Oaks winner in 2011 with the Peter Moody-trained Lights Of Heaven.
Jockey Blake Shinn stays on the Seymour-based High Chaparral filly who is a last start Group 1 winner after her narrow victory over First Seal in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 28.
Fenway is headed in the Australasian Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au however by another in-form hope, the progressive Robert Smerdon-trained Fontein Ruby drawn in gate two for Mark Zahra to ride.
Barrier two however is a hoodoo gate in the Schweppes Oaks not having produced a single winner in over 30 years.
Still, Turffontein filly Fontein Ruby is a favourite with the bookies after winning the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 27 and the VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m) at Caulfield last time out on April 18.
Also coming off a win are the likes of Smerdon’s other runner Ungrateful Ellen drawn wide in barrier 17 with Craig Williams booked for the ride and the Grant Williams-trained WA raider Delicacy.
William Pike is over from Perth for the ride on the Bob Peters-owned Delicacy drawn in barrier 11, which will become gate 10 if the emergencies fail to gain a run.
Back home Al Maher filly Delicacy has had a long summer – autumn campaign, which has produced four straight wins since late February including her impressive 2400m Ascot double in the WA Oaks – WATC Derby.
She still needs to make the cut against the eastern state rivals this weekend however, and Peters has warned they won’t run her if she’s not 100% well on Saturday for the challenge.
The past two Australasian Oaks winners have won from wide gates with Maybe Discreet (2013) in 14 and May’s Dream (2014) from 13.
This autumn some of the top hopes with similarly wide draws include Jon O’Connor’s local Fitocracy (10) who rounds out the last start winners following her Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) success on April 18 at the track, the John Moloney-trained Sea Spray (13) coming off a second over the Flemington mile and even Luke Oliver’s Auraria Stakes runner-up Kansas Sunflower with the outside barrier for her hoop Chris Symons.
The Auraria Stakes, or Schweppervescence Stakes, is the traditional Australasian Oaks lead-up race producing the past three winners.
Along with the winning quinella coming out of the race, Pat Carey’s third placed Choix De Maia is also set to back up on Saturday from the second widest alley as is the Nigel Blackiston-trained fourth past the post Cathy’s Mark.
Domesday filly Cathy’s Mark has had two previous runs in Adelaide now, her other being a third to Ondina at the track on March 28 in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m).
Other notable Australasian Oaks hopes for Saturday include the Chris Waller-trained Wine Tales coming off a second to Hi World in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate and the in-form Lindsay Park acceptor Jurasound looking to join Invest (2012) as recent winners from the inside alley.
See below for the full 2015 Schweppes Australasian Oaks field, barriers, jockeys and set weights.
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2015 Australasian Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 5 (2:38pm) – 02/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||143×441||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||Blake Shinn||6||56kg||102|
|2||1160×32011||FONTEIN RUBY||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||94|
|3||315×231111||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||11||56kg||90|
|4||x2152x6262||WINE TALES||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||56kg||85|
|5||23×1631112||JURASOUND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||1||56kg||77|
|6||23274×4771||FITOCRACY||Jon O’Connor||Todd Pannell||10||56kg||75|
|7||x1212x8532||SEA SPRAY||John Moloney||Nicholas Hall||13||56kg||74|
|8||x2453x1312||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Chris Symons||20||56kg||72|
|9||5314204×31||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||17||56kg||71|
|10||6x1366x793||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||7||56kg||69|
|11||x780x11057||NOT A HAPPY CAMPER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||TBA||5||56kg||68|
|12||4×548115||REDASUN||Greg Eurell||Steven Arnold||18||56kg||68|
|13||360×611683||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||19||56kg||68|
|14||42123||BAHAMAS||Dan O’Sullivan||Damien Oliver||3||56kg||68|
|15||8x1270x334||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston||James Winks||4||56kg||66|
|16||336484×350||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||15||56kg||65|
|17e||x1921x9150||TRY YOUR BEST (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Matthew Neilson||14||56kg||68|
|18e||6x123x3967||COACHELLA (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||12||56kg||65|
|19e||741×491||RATHER HEROIC||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||9||56kg||65|
|20e||3x6221x145||REGAL MAGNUS||Daniel Clarken||TBA||16||56kg||65|