2019 Kennedy Oaks Field: Wakeful Stakes Winner Miami Bound in Barrier Eight

November 4, 2019

2019 Kennedy Oaks Field: Wakeful Stakes Winner Miami Bound in Barrier Eight

The Danny O’Brien trained Miami Bound will backup in Thursday’s $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington after drawing barrier eight on Monday.

Last weekend’s Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) winner will go around as the $3.70 favourite in Ladbrokes’  Kennedy Oaks market with jockey Damien Oliver retaining the ride. The filly narrowly won the Wakeful in a thrilling dash to the line over Vegas Jewel, who will also lineup on Thursday from barrier 15.

Miami Bound has won three from six career starts, all with Oliver in the saddle. The three-year-old firmed in Oaks co-favouritism on Saturday alongside Vegas Jewel and now looks to become a maiden Group 1 winner in her grand finale.

Bookmakers are having a tough time separating Miami Bound and Vegas Jewel ahead of Thursday’s $1 million Kennedy Oaks at Flemington. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

“It’s good to see her back on track. Her first two runs this prep were fantastic, we thought we had an Oaks filly. The last two runs left us wondering a bit, but she was brave when I wanted her,” Oliver said following Saturday’s win in the Wakeful.

Miami Bound showed an enormous turn of foot down the straight as she drew clear from the rest of the field alongside Vegas Jewel. The step-up in trip, as well as the short turnaround, poses a few queries ahead of the Oaks, but O’Brien thinks the Wakeful form should stand the test.

“Today was a nice even gallop which suited her and a strong staying test which suited her as well.

I think getting out to 2500m, she’s had a beautiful prep for Thursday and she’s capped it off with winning a Wakeful which is usually a great guide” O’Brien said.

Miami Bound entered Oaks calculations with a first-up win at Bendigo back in August. She followed that up with another win at Bendigo a fortnight later and a placing in the Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in October.

Thirty-six horses have completed the Wakeful Stakes-Kennedy Oaks double, with Aristia being the most recent to do so last year.

Oliver won the Oaks aboard Jameka in 2015 and should feel confident about his ride on Thursday.

Miami Bound’s mother Arapaho Miss won the Oaks in 2007 under trainer Pat Carey, while father Reliable Man also won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2013.

Vegas Jewel lost no admirers on Saturday running a very brave second. The New Zealand import opened her career with a pair of victories at Echuca and Moonee Valley followed by runner-ups in the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes and last weekend in the Wakeful. She has been installed as a $3.90 chance alongside Moonlight Maid, who won the Edward Mainfold Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Moonee Valley Vase a fortnight ago.

Complete 2019 Kennedy Oaks odds can be viewed by clicking here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3×11341 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8 55.5kg 70
2 14×412 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 11 55.5kg 85
3 6×2121 GAMAY Archie Alexander Ryan Moore 1 55.5kg 81
4 1122 VEGAS JEWEL (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Jordan Childs 15 55.5kg 75
5 4232×6335 FOXBOROUGH John Sargent Tim Clark 10 55.5kg 68
6 14246 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 7 55.5kg 65
7 8x223x108 PRESENTLY Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 13 55.5kg 63
8 1×1055 BEAUTY BOLT Grahame Begg James McDonald 3 55.5kg 67
9 687×4131 AMAZING PEACE Paul Perry Nash Rawiller 2 55.5kg 65
10 85×5513461 NEVER LISTEN John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 5 55.5kg 64
11 x6665x1059 SONG BROCADE John Sadler Jye McNeil 9 55.5kg 61
12 144 OCEAN MISS David & Coral Feek Michael Walker 12 55.5kg 63
13 76×8510 APICIUS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 55.5kg 62
14 0x8351 STICK ’EM UP John Sargent Tommy Berry 4 55.5kg 62
15 072 VICTORY APPROACH Michelle Payne Ms Michelle Payne 14 55.5kg 57

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