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David Brideoake’s Australasian Oaks winning filly Princess Jenni is hot favourite to complete the interstate Oaks double this weekend with a Group 1 win in Brisbane’s Queensland Oaks at Doomben Racecourse.
The flying daughter of High Chaparral posted her fourth win at career start number six in Adelaide back on May 4 with a three-quarter length victory in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) with Damien Oliver aboard.
This weekend she heads to the sunshine state for the first time and presents as the fresh favourite for the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m).
It will be her first appearance since her earlier elite level success four weeks ago and the bookies are taking no chances, Princess Jenni sitting top of the all-in Queensland Oaks odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.60.
The official Queensland Oaks 2019 nominations feature 32 three-year-old fillies, many looing to step out over the 2200m for the first time.
Following Princess Jenni in the pre-field Queensland Oaks betting markets are three other single-figure hopefuls including the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Etana ($5).
An improving daughter of Shamus Award, Etana comes via the traditional Queensland Oaks path this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival having won the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 18.
Etana is out to do The Roses – Queensland Oaks double that Youngstar (2018) completed last winter before she ran third behind Dark Dream in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) when taking on the boys in the mud 12 months ago.
Currently Aliferous ($6.50) and Duchess Of Lennox ($8) are the other best fancied fillies to salute in Saturday’s Doomben feature race.
Well-bred Hinchinbrook filly Aliferous is prepared by Kris Lees and won the Group 2 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in early April, a race Princess Jenni was a controversial late scratching in.
She went on to run five lengths back fourth in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) over the mile and a half before returning with the brave The Roses second last time out.
Duchess Of Lennox meanwhile shapes up as the best Queensland Oaks hope for ace Sydney horseman Chris Waller who won the race last year with the aforementioned Youngstar.
Waller chases his incredible fourth Queensland Oaks success in five years having also won the event in recent times with the world’s best racehorse Winx (2015) and Egg Tart (2017).
The other best fancied of the seven Waller-trained Queensland Oaks nominees in 2019 is the consistent So You Think filly Guise ($11).
The 2019 Queensland Oaks final field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday with all-in betting now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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