Aloisia Heads 2017 Crown Oaks Nominations

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Aloisia Heads 2017 Crown Oaks Nominations

Suspended trainer Ciaron Maher may be out of action for six months starting on Monday, but a gun filly from his stables leads the Crown Oaks 2017 nominations this spring with Aloisia being kept safe in early betting.


Aloisia is a key 2017 VRC Crown Oaks nominated filly for this year’s feature at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing Victoria took nominations on Tuesday morning for a host of Melbourne Cup Carnival races including those for the Group 1 $1 million VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) run this year as the Kennedy Oaks.

Contested on Thursday November 9 two days after the Melbourne Cup, the Kennedy Oaks attracted 92 early entries.

Futures Crown Oaks betting at on the staying feature for three-year-old fillies has Azamour filly Aloisia fighting for early favouritism with Anchor Bid from the star Victorian stables of Darren Weir.

Come Crown Oaks Day, Maher won’t be listed as the trainer of Aloisia, but he has done all the early groundwork and won the race on back-to-back years with Set Square (2014) and Jameka (2015).

Aloisia has had five starts to date including a 1400m win at Flemington back in May and raced first-up last Saturday at Caulfield with a credible fifth behind Leather’n’lace over the same distance.

Tipped to improve the further she goes, she also holds a nomination for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) run on October 14 with an exact path to the Crown Oaks still to be mapped out.

Aloisia could be joined in the VRC Crown Oaks field in November by untapped stablemate Kitsune, a well-bred daughter of Foxwedge who has had two starts for two seconds during August.

Kitsune is accepted for a key early Crown Oaks lead-up race this Wednesday at Flemington in the $50,000 Kennedy Oaks Trial (1800m) where she gets the chance to show her ability over more distance.

The other Maher entry is Naantali who won at Cranbourne on debut on September 20.

The other top fancy in the all-in Crown Oaks odds is the aforementioned Anchor Bid whose last start was on September 14 for a mile win carrying 58.5kg at Bendigo.

Her only black-type start to date was a second to Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony over the Flemington mile back in July and she is also showing early staying potential.

Anchor Bid is another acceptor for this week’s Kennedy Oaks Trial, the results of which could have a notable impact on the upcoming Group 1 racing markets.

Weir has a total of five Crown Oaks entries with Anchor Bid joined by the flying Leather’n’lace who has won her past three on the trot, Limestone who fell in the Danehill Stakes last start, Sopressa and Teodora.

Another early standout chance for the VRC Oaks at nomination stage is the Stuart Webb-trained Coral Coast.

Caulfield horseman Webb was super impressed with what the young daughter of So You Think showed last Saturday at Rosehill Gardens when she backed up from her breakthrough win to finish third behind Ace High in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) as a $21 shot against the colts and geldings.

The VRC Oaks nominations this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival also feature potential staying type Think Diamonds.

Anthony Freedman prepares So You Think filly Think Diamonds who has twice run third to Anchor Bid and who takes on that filly again in Wednesday’s Kennedy Oaks trial.

The most notable omission was New Zealand-trained Gold Fever, the Savabeel filly having won the Group 2 Matamata Breeders Stakes (1200m) in late February and before a last start third third at Ellerslie in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m).

The Crown Oaks first acceptances are open until October 24 before the final field and barriers are released on November 6.

Check out the full 2017 Kennedy Crown Oaks Nominations below, updated betting also open at

2017 Crown Oaks Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 09/11/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 6x A MA SHAY F 3 Pat Carey
2 01x ALL COME TRUE F 3 Robert Smerdon
3 7×5435 ALL TOO GOOD F 3 Gary Portelli
4 52x12x5 ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher
5 58×62 AMTHAAL F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
6 37211 ANCHOR BID F 3 Darren Weir
7 1614 ANGELIC SPIRIT (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
8 33×14 AONAIR F 3 Chris Waller
9 6×3 AUDITIONED F 3 Mick Price
10 BAGNAIA F 3 John Hyam
11 2x31x163 BANISH F 3 James Cummings
12 9x BERKSHIRE LADY F 3 Danny O’Brien
13 10×126 BLONDIE F 3 Brendan McCarthy
14 432x BRING ME ROSES F 3 Tony McEvoy
15 CABIERRO F 3 Anthony Freedman
16 713x CANADIENNE F 3 James Cummings
17 11110×21 CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
18 4x34x CEREBELLUM F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
19 3x2x CIRCULEIGHT F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
20 662 COLLEGE ROMANCE F 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
21 7413 CORAL COAST F 3 Stuart Webb
22 DIAMOND STAR HALO (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
23 4×719 FERROCERIUM F 3 Brent Stanley
24 53x0422x44 FIFTH AFFAIR F 3 Garry White
25 9964 FOUR KOALAS F 3 Brian McGrath
26 60×11 GLAM GURU F 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
27 3x HAPUKA (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
28 5×1 HIYAAM (NZ) F 3 Mick Price
29 42x31x974 I’LL HAVE A BIT F 3 John McArdle
30 34 IMPROVISE F 3 Chris Waller
31 532x3x ITALIA BELLA F 3 Stuart Kendrick
32 0324 JUDY IN DISGUISE F 3 John Sadler
33 317x15x JUSTICE GLORY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
34 0x93 KARMA CHAMELEON F 3 Paul Perry
35 22x KITSUNE F 3 Ciaron Maher
36 99 LADY IN PURPLE (NZ) F 3 Andrew Noblet
37 3×111 LEATHER’N’LACE F 3 Darren Weir
38 6x57130x21 LEGAL GIRL F 3 Clarry Conners
39 LEMON SPLICE F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
40 7 LIFEINTHEFASTTRAIN F 3 Anthony Cosgriff
41 2×1 LILAS (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon
42 3112x4F LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir
43 32x47x4 LUCKY LOUIE F 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings
44 177 LUVALUVA (NZ) F 3 John Sargent
45 3311482×4 MARSEILLE EN FLEUR F 3 Stuart Kendrick
46 339×5 MINTHA F 3 Tony McEvoy
47 066×8 MISS ADMIRATION F 3 Mick Price
48 0x MISSCINO F 3 Robert Smerdon
49 0 MISSY ZIPPY F 3 Matt Cumani
50 1 NAANTALI (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher
51 4×2 OKLAHOMA DAYS F 3 Mick Price
52 15195×45 ONE MORE HONEY F 3 John P Thompson
53 21x OUR CROWN MISTRESS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
54 88×445 PAMANDO F 3 John McArdle
55 359×4119 PANDEMONIUM F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
56 922 PINOT F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
57 78x57x PLAY THAT SONG F 3 Michael Moroney
58 9333 PRES DE TOI F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
59 65 PRINCESS MIA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
60 4×731 PRINCESS TITANIC (NZ) F 3 Robert Smerdon
61 1x316x97 PURE SCOT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
62 797211 RED BRAIDS F 3 Paul Perry
63 6×43 REEH F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
64 86×97 RELIABLE DAME (NZ) F 3 Anthony Freedman
65 22x22x RIMRAAM (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
66 148×10 ROOMOOZ F 3 Tony McEvoy
67 0x RUE DE RENNES (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney
68 0x4251 SEABABE F 3 Gary Portelli
69 1x136x55x SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
70 8×606 SEKALI F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
71 15×2 SIA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
72 2×03 SISTER MAREE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
73 674×348 SMOOTH LANDING F 3 John P Thompson
74 034111×6 SNAPCHAT GIRL F 3 Les Kelly
75 4341 SNOGGING F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
76 8x3x SOMNIUM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
77 35 SOPRESSA F 3 Darren Weir
78 0x442x STATE OF PLAY F 3 Gerald Ryan
79 44×9 STUDIO CITY F 3 Matt Cumani
80 72 SWEET MISCHIEF F 3 Tony McEvoy
81 TAM O’SHANTER F 3 Michael Kent
82 3x6x TEMPLE OF BEL F 3 Archie Alexander
83 1 TEODORA F 3 Darren Weir
84 83343 THINK DIAMONDS F 3 Anthony Freedman
85 1x TIGEEN (NZ) F 3 Matt Cumani
86 0x TILLKHANI F 3 Nick Smart
87 37×22 TRAIL BLAZER (NZ) F 3 Robert Priscott
88 32×134 TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
89 7×3 UNION DUES (NZ) F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
90 33×822 UPTOWN GAL F 3 Robbie Laing
91 7116 WATCHMESPIN F 3 Danny O’Brien
92 438 WILD ABOUT HER F 3 Chris Waller

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