2016 Queensland Oaks First Acceptances Released

First acceptances for Saturday week’s Queensland Oaks 2016 are now out with just 26 fillies still in the mix for the mile and a half classic at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 4.


The Roses winner Kebede is one of 26 fillies paid up for at first acceptance stage for the 2016 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm on June 4. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The first elite level run at Eagle Farm this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2400m) originally attracted 108 three-year-old fillies at nomination stage in early May.

That number was cut to 26 at first declaration stage this week.

Sitting top of the all-in Queensland Oaks odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Bjorn Baker-trained Imposing Lass who won the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) two back.

She retains her $6 favouritism in futures Queensland Oaks betting despite the daughter of Makfi running third in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The Roses has produced four of the past five Queensland Oaks winners, including the last to complete the double – Scarlett Lady (2011).

This year’s The Roses winner Kebede is also among the Queensland Oaks first acceptances, the Matthew Dunn-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice paying a generous $11 to get the job done in the Group 1 next start.

She ran third in the Gold Coast Bracelet before her Group 2 success in Brisbane where she had a neck to spare on the line in her first run over further than 1800m.

Runner-up in The Roses was Sebring filly Sebring Sally for Chris Waller who won last year’s Queensland Oaks with subsequent turf champion Winx (2015).

Waller has a total of three Queensland Oaks-bound fillies still in the mix this carnival led by Sebring Sally.

His other first acceptors are the consistent Fastnet Rock filly Mount Omei last seen winning over 200m at Kembla Grange on May 14 and Firebird Flyer who remains a maiden after eight career starts.

Following Imposing Lass in the pre-field Queensland Oaks markets at $7 is Provocative, a Kiwi raider from the Cambridge stables of Tony Pike.

The daughter of staying sire Zabeel debuted down under on May 18 and won by 2.3 lengths over 2190m at Ipswich.

Following closely at a current quote of $8 each are then the Clarry Conners-trained Dawnie Perfect and Falkenberg for Peter & Paul Snowden.

Conners has prepared two previous Queensland Oaks winners with Zagalia (2003) and Allow (2006), his best hope at a third victory being Big Brown filly Dawnie Perfect who ran fifth in the Bracelet and sixth in The Roses.

Co-trainer of Falkenberg, Peter Snowden is also a former Queensland Oaks winning horseman having won with Purple in 2009.

He and son Paul have three current Oaks hopes still in the mix with More Than Ready filly Falkenberg, seventh in The Roses last time out beaten three lengths, joined by stablemates Self Esteem and Tap This.

Stratum filly Self Esteem is a $10 chance in betting, nice odds after the ATC Oaks performed filly ran second in the GC Bracelet and fourth in The Roses.

Tap This meanwhile is at $15 for the Queensland Oaks win after the Tapit grey ran fifth behind favourite for the 2016 Queensland Derby, Mackintosh, in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) a fortnight ago.

The other top Oaks fancy according to the bookies is Romantic Maid ($9), another New Zealand-trained visitor.

Roger James, who prepared the 2000 Queensland Oaks winner Giovana, trains the last start Randwick winning daughter of High Chaparral.

Sitting top of the Queensland Oaks ballot meanwhile are Ambience (1st) and Chabaud (2nd) prepared by John O’Shea and Robert Smerdon respectively.

Street Cry filly Ambience was runner-up to Sofia Rosa in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) back in early April, but was well beaten when 12th to Kebde in The Roses.

Chabaud comes via a different path, the Lookin At Lucky filly also an ATC Oaks graduate having run fifth in the Sydney classic defeated just 1.6 lengths.

She raced over 2000m Flemington next run for a close fourth before a last start victory in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville in Adelaide.

See below for the full Queensland Oaks 2016 first acceptances and latest order of entry, futures betting on the event open now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Queensland Oaks First Acceptances & Ballot

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 04/06/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 1313×85020 AMBIENCE F 3 John O’Shea 1 56.5kg
2 0334116541 CHABAUD (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon 2 56.5kg
3 x82x111431 KEBEDE F 3 Matthew Dunn 3 56.5kg
4 21×1113 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) F 3 Bjorn Baker 4 56.5kg
5 212×444074 BELUGA BLUE F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 5 56.5kg
6 x25210x402 SEBRING SALLY F 3 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg
7 1×45124924 SELF ESTEEM F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 7 56.5kg
8 80×6673208 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney 8 56.5kg
9 46×5113260 QUEEN OF WANDS F 3 Clarry Conners 9 56.5kg
10 2314×00056 DAWNIE PERFECT F 3 Clarry Conners 10 56.5kg
11 092×804132 ASHLEE MARIE F 3 Richard Laming 11 56.5kg
12 22×121447 FALKENBERG F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 12 56.5kg
13 419×331 TAVI BAY (NZ) F 3 Henry Dwyer 13 56.5kg
14 25x58x1895 TAP THIS F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 56.5kg
15 114L31 ROMANTIC MAID F 3 Roger James 15 56.5kg
16 61055×660 DULVERTON F 3 Robert Smerdon 16 56.5kg
17 44×463371 ZASORCERESS (NZ) F 3 Jason Warren 17 56.5kg
18 4562141 MOUNT OMEI F 3 Chris Waller 18 56.5kg
19 1416×41 PROVOCATIVE (NZ) F 3 Tony Pike 19 56.5kg
20 60x622x316 SAHARA SIREN F 3 Alan L Jones 20 56.5kg
21 7625×42521 ESPRESSO SHOT F 3 Patrick Webster 21 56.5kg
22 500×624360 MERU F 3 Pat Carey 22 56.5kg
23 10×091 ZAFIKI (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon 23 56.5kg
24 5335011 MULTIMEDIA F 3 Noel Doyle 24 56.5kg
25 6449711×3 NAUTILUS F 3 Paul H Duncan 25 56.5kg
26 65097022 FIREBIRD FLYER (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 26 56.5kg


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