The updated 2016 Queensland Oaks for the rescheduled Eagle Farm Group 1 are now out ahead of the fillies’ feature now running on Stradbroke Handicap Day this Saturday.
Torrential rain in Brisbane saw the cancellation of racing at Eagle Farm Racecourse last weekend and the move of the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2400m) to this Saturday’s race card.
The mile and a half classic will run as Eagle Farm Race 10 and close the program at 4:20pm (AEST), a full field of 18 to line-up.
First emergency Provocative (20) comes in for Beluga Blue (7), but has a wide alley to overcome.
Tony Pike prepares the Kiwi-trained filly who will take on her own kind in the Oaks over a run against the boys in Saturday’s $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), which was also being considered by connections.
Leith Innes is over from New Zealand to ride the daughter of Zabeel whose last start produced a 2.3 length win at Ipswich over 2190m in her Australian debut on May 18.
No filly has won the Queensland Oaks from wider than barrier 15 in over 30 years however, so history is against Provocative who is still being kept safe in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $8 for the win.
The latest Queensland Oaks odds are led by the pre-post favourite Imposing Lass ($6.50) who has retained favouritism for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival clash after drawing barrier 10.
Jason Collett is booked to continue his association on the Bjorn Baker-trained daughter of Makfi who won three on the trot earlier this campaign before a last start third in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 21.
The run before saw her take out the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m), her fourth career success, and if successful on Saturday she will be the fifth Queensland Oaks winner in six years to come off a The Roses run.
Imposing Lass is followed closely in Queensland Oaks betting this season by Falkenberg ($7) who had better luck in the barriers drawing gate three for her hoop Blake Shinn.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained More Than Ready filly is another The Roses graduate having run seventh, beaten three lengths by the winner in the traditional Queensland Oaks lead-up.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden chases a second Queensland Oaks trophy after earlier success with Purple in 2009 and will also saddle-up Self Esteem (4) and Tap This (13) in Saturday’s race.
Self Esteem ($15) has the right alley and Tim Clark stays on the Stratum filly who ran second in the Gold Coast Bracelet before her brave fourth in The Roses from barrier 12 (of 16).
Tap This ($26) is wider in the Group 1 on the weekend, but comes into the Oaks on the back of a 2200m Gold Coast win from May 28 after two previous Doomben runs against the boys when ninth in the Gunysnd Classic and fifth in the Rough Habit.
Rounding out the single-figure Queensland Oaks hopes are the widely-drawn Dawnie Perfect ($9) for dual Oaks winning trainer Clarry Conners and Roger James’s New Zealand visitor Romantic Maid ($9.50) coming off a Randwick win from May 18.
Early money is also rolling in for the Henry Dwyer-trained market mover Tavi Bay ($21 into $17) who has Brisbane-based jockey Damian Browne aboard.
See below for the current Queensland Oaks 2016 odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositors’ bonus with use of the code BETBONUS!