Russian Revolution Leads 2018 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate Nominations

February 19, 2018

Russian Revolution Leads 2018 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate Nominations

The Oakleigh Plate 2018 nominations are now out for Saturday’s feature sprint at Caulfield Racecourse and the early entries and markets on the short-distance clash are led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Russian Revolution.

Russian Revolution

Short-distance specialist Russian Revolution heads the 2018 Oakleigh Plate nominations for Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Day on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A four-year-old son of Snitzel, Russian Revolution is one of 23 sprinters making up the official nominations for this year’s Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate (1100m) that runs as one of three elite levels on the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day card.

Russian Revolution is the sole entry for Team Snowden who are after their first win in the handicap clash.

A winner of just shy of a million dollars ($982,225), Russian Revolution is undefeated over the Oakleigh Plate distance with three 1100m wins to date including his Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) victory in the mud last March at Rosehill over subsequent The Everest winning stablemate Redzel.

Also a first-up flyer, the early Oakleigh Plate favourite is unbeaten fresh (3:3-0-0) and races for the first time since his failed run at Moonee Valley when 12th of 13 runners behind She Will Reign in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m).

Russian Revolution has trialled well twice since and sits top of the pre-field Oakleigh Plate odds at $4.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Second favourite in the mix at $5.50 is the gun Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained filly Booker who is a triple nominee across the card on Saturday.

Also nominated for the Group 1 $500,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 $200,000 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), the three-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon comes off a first-up win by one and a half-lengths at Caulfield in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m).

She is a two-time Group winner at the track and if accepted into the Oakleigh Plate field, will be out to break a drought for the three-year-olds with Starspangledbanner (2010) the last of the age group to salute.

Ellerton & Zahra have a bumper five Oakleigh Plate nominated horses in total with eight-year-old Flamberge, coming off a second in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) from February 10, the other standout.

Along with Booker, the other two three-year-old fillies nominated for an Oakleigh Plate bid this autumn are Catchy who saluted in the Blue Diamond Stakes on this day 12 months ago and She Will Reign.

The Gary Portelli-trained Manhattan Rain three-year-old She Will Reign is a dual Group 1 winner having won last year’s Golden Slipper Stakes as well as the Moir Stakes.

She kicked off her campaign with a credible Warwick Farm success in the Inglis Sprint (1100m) on February 10 and pays $6 in futures Oakleigh Plate betting to get the job done again this weekend.

Other standout Oakleigh Plate nominees include the ‘Grey Flash’ Chautauqua, Caulfield specialist Snitty Kitty and Lindsay Park’s reigning champion Sheidel after back-to-back wins in the race for the first time since Dual Choice (1971-72).

Check out the official Oakleigh Plate 2018 nominations below, the final field and updated Group 1 racing odds from Ladbrokes.com.au out on Wednesday.

2018 Oakleigh Plate Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 24/02/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x32111140x BONS AWAY G 4 Aaron Purcell 98
2 12x2316x1 BOOKER F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
3 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
4 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 115
5 31×3962114 CRYSTAL DREAMER G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 103
6 98x4408x42 FLAMBERGE G 8 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 110
7 x21x78192x FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
8 1x2247x12x GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 93
9 4423x654x5 HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir 105
10 50020x267x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 6 Peter Gelagotis 104
11 2×30732401 LADY ESPRIT M 5 Aaron Purcell 98
12 25x643700x MALIBU STYLE G 6 Neville Parnham 96
13 125×060725 OLIVIER G 7 Darren Weir 80
14 72630×3735 PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 96
15 3120x009x1 PRUSSIAN VIXEN M 5 Michael Mehegan 101
16 32x13347x2 QUILISTA M 4 Darren Weir 80
17 30×2214451 ROCK ’N’ GOLD G 7 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 97
18 14x164x10x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 109
19 1x1x71192x SAVANNA AMOUR M 4 Chris Meagher 102
20 1x121x10x1 SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli 112
21 1460x4359x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 110
22 12121x11x2 SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer 101
23 117x51600x SWORD OF LIGHT M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 98

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