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Last start winners Savacool and Sopressa share the early favouritism in the betting for the 2018 Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Oaks (Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
The Chris Waller trained Savacool and Darren Weir‘s filly Sopressa are both marked at $5.50 at the top of the betting for the Australasian Oaks with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Savacool is the winner of three of her six race starts and will head to Adelaide on the back of a win in a 1600m three year old Handicap at Caulfield on April 14 while Sopressa has already had a look at Morphettville for a win in the Group 3 $120,000 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) on April 21.
Savacool was given a solid hit out at Flemington last Friday in a jump out with Damien Oliver on board and Waller’s Melbourne foreperson Jo Taylor has reported that the stable are very pleased with the Savabeel filly’s preparation for the Australasian Oaks.
“She was fitted with blinkers for the jump out and he (Oliver) said she responded really well once he asked her to quicken,” Taylor told racing.com.
“He’s certainly pleased with where she’s at just a week out from the Oaks.”
“We just wanted her to settle nicely in a comfortable position and then we asked Ollie to get her to quicken up nicely and remind her to keep her mind on the job.”
“She then just went to the line quite comfortably without doing too much. She’s a nice fit horse and she didn’t need a hard hit out today.”
As well as Sopressa, Weir will also have two other strong Australasian Oaks chances with Think Bleue ($6) and Pleasuring ($13).
Pleasuring (barrier 11) finished fourth to Sopressa (barrier 1) in the Schweppervescence Stakes but Weir said the result could have been different if the barriers had been reversed.
“I think if you swap the barriers, you swap the result, so that evens them up,” Weir said.
“And Think Bleue is similar to them, so I think it will all come down to barriers.
“There’ll probably be horses as good as them in the race so it will come down to which one gets the good run.”
Think Bleue is the winner of four of her last five starts and will be chasing a hat trick of wins in the Australasian Oaks following her wins in the Group 3 $150,000 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on March 23 and in a 1720m three year old Handicap at Flemington on Anzac Day.
The final field for the 2018 Australasian Oaks will be released on Tuesday May 1.
Early betting for the 2018 Australasian Oaks at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Savacool, Sopressa, $6 Think Bleue, $6.50 Aloisia, $11 Bring Me Roses, Sheezdashing, Temple Of Bel, $13 Miss Admiration, Pleasuring, $17 Earth Angel, Semari, $18 Truly Discreet, $21 Belle Du Nord, Jungle Fish, Palazzo Vecchio, Pretty To Sea, Pure Scot, Snogging, $26 or better the rest.
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