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The Gold Coast Bracelet produced last year’s Queensland Oaks winner Tinto and in 2015 the double will be attempted again with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Bohemian Lily one of the top nominations for the Brisbane Group 1.
Seven Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival elite levels had nominations taken for this week by Racing Queensland, including the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2200m) for the three-year-old fillies at Doomben Racecourse on May 30.
Last winter the Rex Lipp-trained Tinto won the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m), ran second in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) and then won the Oaks by one and a half lengths.
The same GC Bracelet – QLD Oaks double is set to be attempted in back-to-back years with Waterhouse’s O’Reilly filly Bohemian Lily winning the Bracelet last Saturday in the Kiwi expat’s second run down under.
Waterhouse, unsurprisingly, was quick to name the Oaks as her long-term aim and she has backed that up with an entry into the Group 1 today, Bohemian Lily her sole nominee.
Ben Currie’s Bracelet runner-up Col ‘N’ Lil is also nominated for May’s Group 1.
Another top Sydney trainer making a raid on the Queensland Oaks this year along with Waterhouse is Chris Waller, who has a top recent record in the Brisbane majors.
Waller has won a Queensland Derby with Hawkspur (2013) but not a Queensland Oaks, something he’s out to change with three entries in 2015.
Waller’s Oaks-bound trio consists of High Chaparral filly Ballet Suite, in-form Wine Tales and his Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) runner-up at Randwick on April 11 Winx.
Street Cry filly Winx was luckless in her fifth to Fenway in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) two back, following a Group 2 win over the boys in the Phar Lap Stakes in mid-March, but improved over more distance when second to Gust Of Wind in Sydney’s edition of the Oaks.
Wine Tales meanwhile will attempt an earlier Group 1 Oaks win racing in Adelaide’s Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville this weekend along with fellow Queensland Oaks nominees Jurasound, Ungrateful Ellen, Cathy’s Mark, Hipster Girl and Kansas Sunflower.
The Luke Oliver-trained Melbourne-based Kansas Sunflower was last seen running second in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) in South Australia, and third in that race Choix de Maia for Pat Carey also features in the Queensland Oaks nominations
A total of 84 fillies make up the Queensland Oaks nominations this year with other notable hopes including Wakeful Stakes runner-up Abduction, Kelly Schweida’s local hope Glorious Red who ran fourth in the Gold Coast Bracelet, last start Randwick winner Swift Lady and the Bart & James Cummings-trained Zarzali who ran seventh in the ATC Oaks.
See below for the full list of nominated fillies, late nominations closing on Friday before the 2015 Queensland Oaks field of final acceptors is out on Wednesday May 27.
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2015 Queensland Oaks Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 30/05/2015
|5||BALLET SUITE||Chris Waller|
|6||BAYLIE LOUISE||Matthew Dale|
|8||BELLA VIKA (NZ)||John Sargent|
|9||BELLISSIMA MISS (NZ)||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|10||BEXSTAR (NZ)||John Symons & Sheila Laxon|
|11||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|12||BRONTE BABE||John Sargent|
|13||CALUSA||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|14||CARIBBEAN CONCERT||Danny Williams|
|15||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston|
|16||CHAMPION STAGE (NZ)||John Sargent|
|18||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|19||CINNAMON CARTER||Robbie Laing|
|20||COL ’N’ LIL||Ben Currie|
|21||ELUSIVE CATCH (NZ)||Sabin Kirkland|
|22||EMPRESS ZHAO (NZ)||Sam Kavanagh|
|23||EXCITING DOLL||Michael Nolan|
|24||EXQUISITE JEWEL (NZ)||Sue Walsh|
|25||FIRST RAIN||Stephen Lee|
|26||GAME OF FAME||Jason McLachlan|
|27||GLITTER FACE||John P Thompson|
|28||GLORIOUS RED||Kelly Schweida|
|29||GODZONE GIRL||Patrick Busuttin|
|30||HAUT CHAPEAU||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|31||HAWAYDAH||Robert R Wilson|
|32||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin|
|33||HIGH CARINAE||Matthew Dunn|
|34||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren|
|35||IFFY (NZ)||Matthew Dunn|
|36||IMPERIAL LASS (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|37||JURASOUND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|38||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver|
|39||KAWABATA||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington|
|40||KEEP THE KLASS (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|42||KISSED BY THE SUN||Kris Lees|
|43||LA SPECIALE||David Vandyke|
|44||LEAD HUSSON||Harold Hayes|
|45||LITTLE HOTTIE (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|46||LOVEHEART LASS||Mark Kavanagh|
|48||MANHATTAN MOON||Marc Conners|
|50||MILITARY LADY (NZ)||John Sargent|
|51||MINE WITH LIME||Matt Kropp|
|52||MISS GALATO||Ciaron Maher|
|57||PLATINUM WITNESS||Lisa Latta|
|58||RATHER HEROIC||Darren Weir|
|59||REAL GENE (NZ)||John Morrisey|
|61||ROYAL OCEAN||Mick Price|
|62||RUSTIC MELODY||Kris Lees|
|65||SHANDAARA (NZ)||Robbie Laing|
|66||SHE CAN SHAZAM (NZ)||Robbie Griffiths|
|67||SILVER HEELS||Robert R Wilson|
|70||SWIFT LADY (NZ)||John Sargent|
|71||TEARS OF JOY||Mark Kavanagh|
|72||TRALEE CHORUS (NZ)||Patrick Payne|
|73||UNFURL (NZ)||Darren Weir|
|74||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||Robert Smerdon|
|75||VIA CAVOUR||Mark Webb|
|76||VINTAGE BON||Les Ross|
|77||VON COSTABEEL||David Pfieffer|
|78||WESTERN DESERT||Cathy Chapman|
|80||WICKED TRILOGY||Paul Jenkins|
|81||WINE TALES||Chris Waller|
|84||YULONG BABY||Mick Price|
|85||ZARZALI||Bart & James Cummings|
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