Australian Oaks 2021 Field & Betting Wide Open: Harmony Rose Narrow Favourite

April 13, 2021

Australian Oaks 2021 Field & Betting Wide Open: Harmony Rose Narrow Favourite

Mark Newnham’s ultra-consistent Harmony Rose is narrow favourite in a wide open 2021 Australian Oaks betting market to return to winning form on Saturday at Royal Randwick.

Hungry Heart Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s Vinery Stud Stakes winner Hungry Heart is one of the best in 2021 Australian Oaks betting for this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The progressive daughter of Glass Harmonium is one of ten smart young fillies with staying potential facing off in the Group 1 $1 million The Star Australian Oaks (2400m) as part of Day 2 of ‘The Championships’.

Drawn in gate five with Joshua Parr retaining the ride, the recent Randwick Guineas third placegetter is out to go one better than her lead-up second when narrowly defeated in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 3.

Harmony Rose is the current $3.40 Australian Oaks favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au and is out to be the fifth to salute for the punters in as many years joining: Bonneval ($4.20 in 2017), Unforgotten ($4 in 2018), Verry Elleegant ($2 in 2019) and Colette ($3 in 2020).

Chris Waller’s Vinery Stud Stakes winner, Hungry Heart is also backing-up in the Australian Oaks field out to do the double for the first time since her star stablemate Verry Elleegant (2019).

Waller has won a total of three ATC Oaks trophies and looks a genuine chance of making it a quartet with his classy daughter of Frankel Hungry Heart who pays $5 to salute from barrier three with Kerrin McEvoy aboard.

Sitting between Harmony Rose and Hungry Heart at Australian Oaks odds of $4 is the gutsy David Payne-trained dual Group 1 winner Montefilia.

Last spring the outstanding Kermadec filly won the Flight Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double before her third to Personal in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) in Melbourne.

Second-up this time in she was very good when a length back third to Mo’unga in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before taking on the boys again last Saturday in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).

Montefilia was favourite in the Derby and was far from disgraced when fourth, 2.4 lengths off the upset winner Explosive Jack.

She is rock hard fit and back against her own kind in the Oaks at the same track and distance on the weekend.

The other top elect following closely at $5.50 to make it four wins on the trot is Kiwi raider Amarelinha prepared by star young New Zealand horseman Jamie Richards.

The daughter of Savabeel has won five from seven back across the Tasman and was last seen winning the Group 1 NZ Oaks (2400m) over the same distance on March 20.

The NZ Derby form didn’t hold in Sydney last weekend with the winner Rocket Spade only managing to run 5.5 lengths back for eighth, but there remains money on the filly to frank the form out of the NZ Oaks down under on Saturday.

The value runner meanwhile looking to handle a rise in grade on the short turnaround is the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes winner from last weekend, Duais, for Edward Cummings.

Click here for the latest Australian Oaks 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Australian Oaks Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 314113×634 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jason Collett 8 56kg 106
2 2112111 AMARELINHA (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 7 56kg 104
3 x2227x7811 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 56kg 97
4 112×132 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 5 56kg 95
5 3x1x1x433 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 9 56kg 80
6 25×128211 DUAIS Edward Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 56kg 76
7 4317×91642 BARGAIN (NZ) Mark Newnham James McDonald 1 56kg 69
8 1x34x7116 LAND AHOY John Sargent Ms Alysha Collett 4 56kg 68
9 x331136655 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 56kg 68
10 5431 SASSYSAV (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 2 56kg 59

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