Chris Waller’s gun Sydney-trained filly Omei Sword is one of the most notable Crown Oaks 2016 nominations taken by Racing Victoria (RV) this week for the Flemington Racecourse feature.
Running on the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Thursday November 3, this year’s $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) attracted a bumper 98 three-year-old fillies at nomination stage on Tuesday.
Entries are up from 62 at this stage last year and are the highest since 2007 for the staying classic.
Sydney’s leading trainer Waller makes a raid on this year’s Crown Oaks with six nominations led by his Golden Rose runner-up Omei Sword.
The brilliant daughter of High Chaparral is also in the mix for the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 8, but could also stay at home for a shot at the previous Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.
Waller’s other most noteworthy Crown Oaks entry is the in-form Foxplay who has won the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) – Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) double at Randwick this time in.
Caulfield horseman Ciaron Maher has won the past two editions of the Crown Oaks with Set Square (2014) and Jameka (2015).
He has two nominees this season with Arohata and Stop Making Sense.
Early favourite in futures Crown Oaks betting at bookmakers around the country is the progressive Lindsay Park-trained Harlow Gold.
Prepared by David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig, the New Zealand-bred daughter of Tavistock has genuine staying pedigree but is as yet untested in Black-Type company.
She was last seen winning over the Caulfield mile on September 17 however and is tipped to keep improving the further she sees.
She is joined in the VRC Oaks nominations by seven stablemates including Zunbaqa and Sebring Dream.
Also high-up the all-in Crown Oaks odds is the David Vandyke-trained Group 1 winner Yankee Rose.
The Sunshine Coast-trained daughter of All American thrived as a juvenile running second to Capitalist in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) before her win in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
She was last seen running a credible first-up sixth 3.5 lengths off the 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound winner Astern in the Golden Rose and will improve with more metres.
Perth trainer Simon Miller has nominated for his WA star Whispering Brook, the nicely-bred daughter of Hinchinbrook a winner of five of her six starts to date.
She is a triple Group winner back in WA and was last seen running second to Merriest in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 3 in her interstate debut.
Other notable nominations include Henry Dwyer’s last start Caulfield winner Leotie, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Smart Missile filly Exocet, and the Kiwi-trained stablemates La Luna Rossa who is a Group 1 winner back home from April and Eleonora who has winning form in Victoria from September 16 for Cambridge duo Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
The 2016 Crown Oaks first acceptances close at midday (local time) on Tuesday October 18.
See below for the full Crown Oaks 2016 nominations before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the best all-in Spring Racing Carnival betting markets!
2016 VRC Oaks Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 03/11/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||0x||ADRIATIC||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|2||–||ANOTHER TOP EFFORT||F||3||Ken Keys|
|4||7x62x||AUDACIOUS CHOICE||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|5||11×07||AWOKE (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller|
|6||476×6||BAROQUE (NZ)||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|7||7513x5x||BELLA SORELLASTRA||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison|
|8||361||BETTYRAE RUBY||F||3||Tim Hughes|
|9||0x||BIG CALL||F||3||Anthony Cummings|
|10||8x6x||BLUE OCEAN||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|11||2||CEYLON (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|12||2×07||CONSCIOUS||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|13||34x||CORRS (NZ)||F||3||Matt Cumani|
|14||32||CROSS STITCH (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller|
|15||8||DIVINE WAY||F||3||John & Chris Ledger|
|16||83150||DYNASTIC LADY||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|17||232×21||ELEONORA (NZ)||F||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|18||45x||EVER THE DREAM||F||3||Bruce Purcell|
|19||811||EXOCET||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|20||65x642x||FILLE CHAMPAGNE||F||3||Pat Hyland|
|21||0x7321x0||FLYING JESS||F||3||John Moloney|
|24||3110x||FRENCH FERN||F||3||David Payne|
|25||83×9547||FROMPARIS WITHLOVE||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|26||1||GRAN TRYPHENA||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|27||3×611||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|28||–||HOLD ALL TICKETS||F||3||Scott Aspery|
|29||36||IDOL||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|30||4x21x0||INSPIRED ESTELLE||F||3||Mick Price|
|32||1x4x||JENNIFER LYNN||F||3||Darren Weir|
|33||8||JUST VICTORIA||F||3||Cheryl Roberts|
|35||1||KNEW IT (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|36||23511x2x||LA LUNA ROSSA (NZ)||F||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|37||6×851||LADY LEE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|38||513x||LADY SKILLS||F||3||Matt Laurie|
|39||939227x||LAMMA HILTON||F||3||Anthony Cummings|
|40||303x653x||LASQUETI SPIRIT||F||3||Lee Curtis|
|41||72×1||LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ)||F||3||Stuart Webb|
|43||0x||LILYMORN (NZ)||F||3||Michael Moroney|
|45||9x||MA TANTE||F||3||Anthony Cummings|
|46||0x||MISS CAVATICA||F||3||Pat Hyland|
|48||522x4x||MONTOYA’S SECRET||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|50||–||MY PEARL (NZ)||F||3||Michael Kent|
|51||43×5||NINA PEAK||F||3||Robbie Laing|
|52||5||NOT TO BE CAUGHT (NZ)||F||3||John Sargent|
|53||55×7||OM NOM||F||3||Michael Kent|
|54||129×12||OMEI SWORD||F||3||Chris Waller|
|55||410×2||OUTBACK RAIN||F||3||David Brideoake|
|56||492||PARTHESIA (NZ)||F||3||Darren Weir|
|58||7x1x28||PEEKING DUCK||F||3||Trent Pennuto|
|59||–||PENTHOUSE KITTEN (NZ)||F||3||Francis Finnegan|
|60||4||PETITION||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|61||4||PORTLAND PLACE||F||3||Paul Perry|
|63||3x||QUEEN OF ZEALAND (NZ)||F||3||Wayne Jones|
|64||46x096x||QUEEN’S PACT||F||3||David Payne|
|65||5×49259||RED VELVET SWING||F||3||Danny O’Brien|
|66||26×12||ROSA CAROLINA (NZ)||F||3||Kris Lees|
|67||3||ROYAL STAMP||F||3||Marc Conners|
|68||1x10x3||SAMARA DANCER (NZ)||F||3||Phillip Stokes|
|69||225||SAVVAN (NZ)||F||3||James Cummings|
|70||00||SEA SPRING||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|71||21x5x||SEBRING DREAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|74||1x4x10||SERENELY DISCREET||F||3||Phillip Stokes|
|76||25x||SHENANDOAH (NZ)||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|77||89x||SHOZELT (NZ)||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|78||511×32||SKYLIGHT GLOW||F||3||James Cummings|
|79||29x4x||SMART AMELIA||F||3||James Cummings|
|80||33×52||SMART AS YOU THINK||F||3||John McArdle|
|81||0x||SMART MISS||F||3||Anthony Cummings|
|82||0||SO DISTINCT||F||3||Robbie Griffiths|
|83||–||SO ELECTRIC||F||3||Pat Cannon|
|85||764x||STAR PATRIOT||F||3||Todd Balfour|
|86||9x21x||STOP MAKING SENSE||F||3||Ciaron Maher|
|87||10x667x13x||SWEET SHERRY||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|88||31x||TIAMO GRACE||F||3||Darren Weir|
|89||9x||TOFFEE NOSE||F||3||Danny O’Brien|
|91||42||VON RICHTER||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|92||321||WATERLOO SUNSET||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|93||1x1111x2x||WHISPERING BROOK||F||3||Simon A Miller|
|95||11x21x6||YANKEE ROSE||F||3||David Vandyke|
|96||19310x40x||ZAMZAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|97||85x||ZOFFANY ROSE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||F||3||David & Coral Feek|
|98||911114||ZUNBAQA||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|