An elbow injury has ruled Gai Waterhouse’s The Roses winner Bohemian Lily out from the 2015 Queensland Oaks in Brisbane on Saturday causing the odds on the Chris Waller-trained favourite Winx to firm in even further.
Impressive four length winner of the Group 2 The Roses (2020m) at Doomben last weekend, O’Reilly filly Bohemian Lily was a market mover to back-up on Saturday and take out the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2200m).
It was revealed this morning however that this year’s The Roses winner would be sent to the paddock ahead of a spring return after cutting her elbow and officially being scratched from the Queensland Oaks field at 9:07am (AEST).
The withdrawal of Bohemian Lily paves the way for the race’s first emergency Imperial Lass, drawn on the rails in gate one with Blake Shinn booked for the ride, to gain a start for trainer Peter Moody who won shoots for his third win in the race.
Moody’s previous Queensland Oaks winners were Vouvray (2004) and Riva San (2008), and his Tavistock filly Imperial Lass pays $41 as a roughie chance to emulate the feat in 2015.
Sitting top of the Queensland Oaks odds at a current quote of $2.40 then is Waller’s impressive last-to-first Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas winner over the mile Winx.
Drawn in barrier 13, but likely to come into around 10, Street Cry filly Winx also ran second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick back on April 11 and will relish a Good-rated Doomben track in her Brisbane debut with Hugh Bowman aboard for Saturday.
The Queensland Oaks favourite Winx is also the market mover firming in from $2.90 and there are just two other fillies at single figures for the win.
The two next best in Queensland Oaks betting are Sebrina ($10 into $7) and Ballet Suite ($10 into $9).
Glen Boss rides Bjorn Baker’s progressive Sebring filly Sebrina who is out to atone for her luckless fourth at Randwick over 2000m on a Heavy (10) track in Sydney last weekend when badly held-up for a run.
Ballet Suite meanwhile was taken out of The Roses at Doomben last Saturday, a race that has produced nine of the past 10 Queensland Oaks winners, with Waller giving her a quick run around the track at the Gold Coast instead.
She has suffered a blow for the Oaks drawing the outside alley but won the Listed Princess Stakes (2000m) at the Doomben track, defeating subsequent The Roses winner Bohemian Lily by a quarter-length, last time out on May 9.
Other notable hopes to firm in the Queensland Oaks markets over the past day include the Bart & James Cummings-trained Princess Stakes third placegetter Zarzali ($21 into $15), John Sargent’s grey Swift Lady ($31 into $18), the Kris Lees-trained ATC Oaks fourth placed daughter of Snitzel Rustic Melody ($26 into $21) and the lightly-raced Tim Martin-trained Heavens Above ($61 into $34).
On the drift meanwhile are the likes of New Zealand Oaks runner-up Platinum Witness ($15 out to $19) and Col ‘N’ Lil ($21 out to $31) who looks excellent value having been next best over the line behind runaway winner Bohemian Lily in The Roses.
Check out the latest Queensland Oaks 2015 betting odds and market moves below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to get paid Best Tote or SP + 20% on your winnings in the Brisbane Group 1 on Saturday!