David Vandyke’s Spring Champion Stakes winner Yankee Rose is the headliner of 31 three-year-old fillies making up the Crown Oaks 2016 first acceptances this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Racing Victoria (RV) took the next round of declarations for three upcoming spring features including those for the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) running at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday November 3.
Down from 98 nominations, the Crown Oaks first declarations have left just 31 hopefuls vying for a spot in the capacity 16-starter final field for the set weights classic.
Heading the Crown Oaks ballot and pre-field betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is All American filly Yankee Rose ($4) who is also out to take on glamour mare Winx this Saturday at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Winner of the Group 1 Inglis’ Sires (1400m) in Sydney during the autumn, Yankee Rose made history at Randwick on October 8 winning the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).
She was the first filly to beat home the boys in the showdown and now gets into the Cox Plate on the 47.5kg lightweight before a possible Crown Oaks run to round out her stellar spring campaign.
The last filly to win the Crown Oaks off a Cox Plate run was Samantha Miss (3rd in 2008).
Following Yankee Rose in the updated Crown Oaks order of entry is the Simon Miller-trained Perth visitor Whispering Brook.
A multiple Group winner back home in WA, the nicely-bred daughter of Hinchinbrook has had three Melbourne runs this campaign.
The latest was in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) where she finished just over a length away third to Global Glamour.
She could also now run on Cox Plate Day on Saturday taking on the boys in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and is at a current quote of $11 in futures Crown Oaks betting.
The MV Vase – Crown Oaks double was completed just 12 months ago by the Ciraon Maher-trained Jameka (2015), winner of last weekend’s Caulfield Cup.
Occupying the second line of those all-in Crown Oaks odds behind Yankee Rose is Harlow Gold ($5), another Moonee Valley Vase nominee for this weekend.
Prepared by the Lindsay Park training team, the Tavistock filly ran fifth in the Thousand Guineas in a luckless run but is tipped to improve over more meters based on her pedigree.
Co-trainer David Hayes prepared the 2006 VRC Oaks winner Miss Finland, who came off a Cox Plate sixth, and he has four first acceptors that he trains in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.
Along with Harlow Gold the stable have paid Crown Oaks first acceptances for Sebring Dream, Waterloo Sunset and Von Richter.
Aside from the top fancy the other most notable last start winner in the mix is the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Kiwi raider Eleonora.
The daughter of Makfi won the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day last Saturday relishing the step up in distance and chases the double achieved by Set Square (2014) two years ago.
The Ethereal Stakes placegetters Tiamo Grace (2nd) and Savvan (3rd) prepared by James Cummings and Darren Weir respectively are also still in Crown Oaks contention.
Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne is still chasing the dream of a Group 1 win as a trainer having kept her Crown Oaks hopeful Queen Of Zealand in the mix after her second over 1700m at Warrnambool in her down under debut last Sunday.
Notable Crown Oaks omissions at first acceptance stage include Waller’s beaten Thousand Guineas favourite Foxplay and the Edward Manifold Stakes winner Serenely Discreet.
The 2016 Crown Oaks final field and barrier draw is set for release on Monday October 31 at 9:00am (AEDT).
In the meantime check out the updated Crown Oaks futures odds online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 VRC Oaks First Acceptances
Flemington Racecourse – 03/11/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight|
|1||11x21x621||YANKEE ROSE||F||3||David Vandyke||1||55.5kg|
|2||1x1111x273||WHISPERING BROOK||F||3||Simon A Miller||2||55.5kg|
|4||23511×228||LA LUNA ROSSA (NZ)||F||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||4||55.5kg|
|5||232×2101||ELEONORA (NZ)||F||3||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||5||55.5kg|
|8||21×5565||SEBRING DREAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||8||55.5kg|
|9||3×6115||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||9||55.5kg|
|10||7513×5126||BELLA SORELLASTRA||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||10||55.5kg|
|11||22513||SAVVAN (NZ)||F||3||James Cummings||11||55.5kg|
|12||33×523||SMART AS YOU THINK||F||3||John McArdle||12||55.5kg|
|13||3122||TIAMO GRACE||F||3||Darren Weir||13||55.5kg|
|14||3214||CROSS STITCH (NZ)||F||3||Chris Waller||14||55.5kg|
|15||32130||WATERLOO SUNSET||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||15||55.5kg|
|16||93922741||LAMMA HILTON||F||3||Anthony Cummings||16||55.5kg|
|17||410×25||OUTBACK RAIN||F||3||David Brideoake||17||55.5kg|
|18||303×65382||LASQUETI SPIRIT||F||3||Lee Curtis||18||55.5kg|
|20||7x1x280||PEEKING DUCK||F||3||Trent Pennuto||20||55.5kg|
|21||36109||BETTYRAE RUBY||F||3||Tim Hughes||21||55.5kg|
|22||7×571||MY GIRL CHILLY||F||3||Jarrod McLean||22||55.5kg|
|23||43×54||NINA PEAK||F||3||Robbie Laing||23||55.5kg|
|24||732||QUEEN OF ZEALAND (NZ)||F||3||Michelle Payne||24||55.5kg|
|25||4923||PARTHESIA (NZ)||F||3||Darren Weir||25||55.5kg|
|26||5×492590||RED VELVET SWING||F||3||Danny O’Brien||26||55.5kg|
|27||4200||VON RICHTER||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||27||55.5kg|
|28||2||MY PEARL (NZ)||F||3||Michael Kent||28=||55.5kg|
|29||2||PENTHOUSE KITTEN (NZ)||F||3||Francis Finnegan||28=||55.5kg|
|31||94||TOFFEE NOSE||F||3||Danny O’Brien||31||55.5kg|