Australasian Oaks 2017 Field: Kenedna Draws 3

An ideal barrier three draw in a capacity 2017 Australasian Oaks field has seen the Darren Weir-trained Kenedna retain her favouritism for the Group 1 at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend.

Kenedna

The flying Darren Weir-trained filly Kenedna is favourite to take out the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks 2017 in Adelaide this weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Set to run as Morphettville Race 6 at 3:24pm (local) as the major support act of Robert Sangster Stakes Day, this season’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2010m) has attracted the full 16 starters plus four emergencies.

Leading the post-field Australasian Oaks odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.75 to secure her third win on the trot is Weir’s in-form and well-drawn daughter of Not A Single Doubt Kenedna.

Jockey John Allen retains the ride on the favourite after guiding her to back-to-back stakes wins in Adelaide this season, most recently overcoming barrier 14 of 17 to take out the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) on April 22.

Weir won the Australasian Oaks a few years back with May’s Dream (2014) who came off a third in the same lead-up and has a huge hope to take out the race in 2017 as Kenedna looks to salute for the punters for the first time since Weir’s champion.

Close second elect in the updated Australasian Oaks betting markets this autumn at $4.50 is the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart who is also out to extend a winning streak.

Jumping from barrier five on Saturday with Kerrin McEvoy aboard, Sebring filly Egg Tart has won her past four starts on the trot earning a notable rise in class this weekend as she steps out in Group company for the first time.

Rounding out the single figure fancies in the current markets on the set weights clash at $7.50 after the Schweppes Oaks acceptances is Toffee Nose.

Drawn out wide in barrier 13 the Danny O’Brien-trained daughter of Toorak Toff comes off a last start win over the distance in Melbourne.

Another last start winner at more generous odds is the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained New Approach filly Sword Of Light ($11) who has won her past two on the trot over the Caulfield mile ahead of her maiden 2000m run on Saturday.

NZ Oaks third placegetter Savvy Dreams is out to atone for her last start 10th to Kenedna in the Auraria Stakes when debuting down under, while Lindsay Park’s Crown Oaks runner-up Harlow Gold has the second outside alley to overcome.

Harlow Gold ran third in Rosehill’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) two back and is back down in distance after her fourth behind Bonneval at Randwick in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) last time out.

Other notable hopes include Chris Beig’s Dash For Cash filly With A Bit Of Dash coming off back-to-back seconds at the track behind Kenedna and the Auraria Stakes third placegetter Sebring Dream who is another Lindsay Park-trained runner.

Check out the full Australasian Oaks 2017 field, barriers and jockeys below with markets on the Group now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Australasian Oaks Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 6 (3:24pm) – 06/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11562×3434 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 19 56kg 94
2 9×81431311 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 3 56kg 88
3 3045×34211 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6 56kg 84
4 52316×5776 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Dwayne Dunn 1 56kg 79
5 431×111 EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 56kg 78
6 154230 SAVVY DREAMS (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Craig Williams 8 56kg 77
7 6520×18343 SEBRING DREAM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 18 56kg 76
8 9444×13231 TOFFEE NOSE Danny O’Brien TBA 13 56kg 75
9 610×222022 WITH A BIT OF DASH Chris Bieg Ms Jamie Kah 9 56kg 74
10 21135×7347 PRETTY PUNK Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 16 56kg 73
11 6x911x714 SEDANZER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 4 56kg 73
12 4213×25185 SOMETHING MORE Jon O’connor Noel Callow 15 56kg 72
13 435149×700 MOQUEEN Anthony & Edward Cummings Jason Collett 12 56kg 71
14 589×317223 ANA ROYALE Stuart Webb Mark Zahra 10 56kg 68
15 2131×7923 CEYLON (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young TBA 20 56kg 66
16 44122×68 TIFFANY’S LASS Danny Laws TBA 14 56kg 65
17e 0424113286 STAR PATRIOT Todd Balfour TBA 11 56kg 64
18e 02×3231 LILYMORN (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 2 56kg 63
19e 0x341x4379 SPARKLE Heath Conners Ben Melham 17 56kg 62
20e 25x87x152 SHENANDOAH (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young TBA 7 56kg 62

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