2018 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate Field: No Chautauqua

February 21, 2018

2018 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate Field: No Chautauqua

A gun line-up of sprinters face off at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday in the Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate 2018 field but the short-distance showdown is missing the final acceptance of Chautauqua.

Chautauqua

Original top weight Chautauqua is missing from the 2018 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate final field for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Connections of the Hawkes Racing-trained triple TJ Smith Stakes champion grey Chautauqua have opted to bypass the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up, which has seen weights raised 1.5kg for the handicap clash.

The Hawkes stable will still be represented in the capacity Oakleigh Plate field, which features the full 18 starters plus two emergencies with the Darren Weir-trained duo Quilista (4) and Olivier (1) sweating on a run.

Chautauqua’s stablemate Glenall is in the mix on just 53.5kg and drawn barrier five, which could become three, and Dwayne Dunn booked to ride the four-year-old Redoute’s Choice stallion.

Glenall is only lightly-raced having his eighth career start first-up on the weekend, the fresh flyer (3:2-1-0) best known for his fourth in the mud behind Russian Revolution in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill last March.

The Galaxy winner over the Oakleigh Plate distance, Russian Revolution is one of the standout hopefuls in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day feature on the weekend.

Peter & Paul Snowden’s smart son of Snitzel, also a four-year-old entire, chases his first success since that Heavy track Sydney success nearly 12 months ago.

He has winning Flemington form however and is undefeated both first-up (3:3-0-0) and over the 1100m (3:3-0-0).

One of the sure-to-be favourites in Oakleigh Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the weekend, Russian Revolution is allocated 56.5kg and is drawn in gate 11 with Mark Zahra to ride.

Heading the Oakleigh Plate weights with 57kg is the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Flamberge in gate eight with Damian Lane aboard.

An evergreen veteran, Flamberge is out to be the first eight-year-old Oakleigh Plate winner in over 30 years and comes off an eye-catching second to Super Cash at Caulfield on February 10 in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m).

Ellerton & Zahra dominate the Oakleigh Plate field numbers-wise with Flamberge joined in the starting line-up by three stablemates including last start Kensington Stakes winner Rock ‘N’ Gold and the gun filly Booker.

Drawn out wide in gate 16 (possibly into 14), Written Tycoon three-year-old Booker was last seen winning the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) first-up against her own kind by a length and a half at Caulfield a fortnight back.

The Oakleigh Plate is obviously a much tougher second-up assignment but she comes right back in weight from 57kg to only 51.5kg as she looks to be the first Oakleigh Plate winning filly since Miss Kournikova (2001).

The other three-year-old fillies in the mix this autumn carrying 53kg from a wide alley (17) is the Gary Portelli-trained She Will Reign along with the lightly-weighted Blue Diamond winner Catchy.

Last autumn She Will Reign, a smart daughter of Manhattan Rain, won the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) and in the spring she enjoyed more elite level success against the older horses first-up in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

First-up She Will Reign took out the Inglis Sprint (1100m) in Sydney and she now heads south for the Oakleigh Plate this weekend.

See below for the full Oakleigh Plate 2018 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with updated markets to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Oakleigh Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:45pm) – 24/02/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 98x4408x42 FLAMBERGE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 8 57kg 110
2 14x164x10x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 11 56.5kg 109
3 1460x4359x SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 12 55kg 110
4 4423x654x5 HELLBENT Darren Weir Damian Lane 10 54.5kg 105
5 50020x267x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 3 54kg 104
6 x21x78192x FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 6 53.5kg 103
7 1x1x71192x SAVANNA AMOUR Chris Meagher Ron Stewart 20 53.5kg 102
8 12121x11x2 SNITTY KITTY Henry Dwyer Beau Mertens 18 53.5kg 101
9 3120x009x1 PRUSSIAN VIXEN Michael Mehegan Dean Yendall 13 53.5kg 101
10 117x51600x SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Katelyn Mallyon 7 53.5kg 98
11 x32111140x BONS AWAY Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 15 53.5kg 98
12 2×30732401 LADY ESPRIT Aaron Purcell Regan Bayliss 19 53.5kg 98
13 30×2214451 ROCK ’N’ GOLD Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 14 53.5kg 97
14 72630×3735 PALAZZO PUBBLICO Matthew Smith Michael Dee 2 53.5kg 96
15 1x2247x12x GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 5 53.5kg 93
16 1x121x10x1 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 17 53kg 112
17 110x21330x CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 9 51.5kg 102
18 12x2316x1 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson (a) 16 51.5kg 101
19e 32x13347x2 QUILISTA Darren Weir TBA 4 53.5kg 80
20e 125×060725 OLIVIER Darren Weir TBA 1 53.5kg 80

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