2017 Australasian Oaks Nominations Feature Kenedna

Darren Weir’s talented Auraria Stakes winner Kenedna is the headline filly among the Australasian Oaks 2017 nominations now out for next month’s Morphettville Group 1.

Kenedna

Darren Weir’s Auraria Stakes winner Kenedna is favourite of the 2017 Australasian Oaks nominations this autumn. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

One of two elite level Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival features held on May 6 for Robert Sangster Stakes Day, this season’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) attracted 28 three-year-old fillies.

Heading the latest Australasian Oaks odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au at $3.50 to hand Weir with a second success after his win in 2014 with May’s Dream is the in-form Kenedna.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt took out Flemington’s Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) in February before a third to Group 1 winner I Am A Star in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) in March.

Weir brought her over to Adelaide early and she has won both her Morphettville assignments including the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) last weekend from a wide barrier 14 of 17 draw.

That race has proven the one to follow into the Australasian Stakes in recent years, however the double Kenedna is well-fancied to complete hasn’t been achieved since Grand Echezeaux (2000).

The other best out of the traditional Oaks lead-up nominated for a rematch with Kenedna in the Group 1 are runner-up With A Bit Of Dash ($17) and Sebring Dream ($13).

Chris Bieg’s Dash For Cash filly With A Bit Of Dash is a perennial placegetter having finished second in five of her latest six starts including behind Kenedna in both the Laelia and Auraria Stakes this prep.

Sebring Dream meanwhile is one of three Lindsay Park-trained Schweppes Oaks nominations this season.

The stable’s head trainer David Hayes boasts an impressive record in the Australasian Oaks with three previous victories, most recently with Anamato in 2007.

Along with Sebring Dream his other hopes of adding to the tally are Domesticated ($21) and Harlow Gold ($11).

Best known for her second to Lasqueti Spirit in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) in Melbourne over the spring, Tavistock filly Harlow Gold was last seen running fourth to the Kiwi Bonneval in Randwick’s Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m).

Prior to that she was third behind Montoya’s Secret in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill and comes back to that distance for the Schweppes Oaks in South Australia.

Following Kenedna in all-in Australasian Oaks betting meanwhile are the consistent Chris Waller-trained Sebring filly Egg Tart ($5.50) and Danny O’Brien’s Melbourne visitor Toffee Nose ($5).

Egg Tart has won her past three on the trot including most recently a nearly three length effort over the Flemington mile on ANZAC Day in the wet and is tipped to appreciate the further metres of the Oaks.

Toffee Nose is a nicely-bred daughter of Toorak Toff who was last seen winning the VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m) at Caulfield on April 22 when taking on a field of well-performed colts and geldings.

Other key entries include the Matthew Ellerton-trained last start Caulfield winner over the mile Sword Of Light, NZ Oaks third placegetter Savvy Dreams and the local Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Rebel Raider filly Pretty Punk.

The Australasian Oaks 2017 final field and barriers are out on May 2, 2017 so head to Ladbrokes.com.au now and back your early favourites at generous futures prices.

2017 Schweppes Oaks Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 589×317223 ANA ROYALE F 3 Stuart Webb 68
2 45510 ATOMIC KITTEN F 3 Brent Stanley 60
3 2131×7923 CEYLON (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 66
4 321827130 DOMESTICATED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 67
5 431×111 EGG TART F 3 Chris Waller 78
6 11562×3434 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
7 788×210930 JUST VICTORIA F 3 Cheryl Roberts 58
8 9×81431311 KENEDNA F 3 Darren Weir 88
9 02×3231 LILYMORN (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney 63
10 435149×700 MOQUEEN F 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 71
11 43x5438x19 NINA PEAK F 3 Robbie Laing 61
12 41×5257556 NIPPERKIN F 3 Barry Brook 60
13 43x451x311 OKLAHOMA GIRL F 3 Chris Waller 76
14 21135×7347 PRETTY PUNK F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 73
15 154230 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) F 3 Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen
16 6520×18343 SEBRING DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 76
17 6x911x714 SEDANZER F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 73
18 25x87x152 SHENANDOAH (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
19 52316×5776 SMART AS YOU THINK F 3 John McArdle 79
20 4213×25185 SOMETHING MORE F 3 Jon O’connor 72
21 0x341x4379 SPARKLE F 3 Heath Conners 62
22 0424113286 STAR PATRIOT F 3 Todd Balfour 64
23 3045×34211 SWORD OF LIGHT F 3 Mathew Ellerton 84
24 44122×68 TIFFANY’S LASS F 3 Danny Laws 65
25 9444×13231 TOFFEE NOSE F 3 Danny O’Brien 75
26 41 WHITE LADY F 3 Mick Price 62
27 6×5141 WINKELMANN (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 66
28 610×222022 WITH A BIT OF DASH F 3 Chris Bieg 74

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