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Last year’s VRC Oaks champion Personal chases a rare interstate double this weekend in Adelaide when heading to Morphettville as one of the key chances in the Australasian Oaks 2021 field.
The Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock is the highest-rated filly in Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Australasian Oaks (2000m) and is out to return to better form.
The key support act on Robert Sangster Stakes Day, this year’s Australasian Oaks drew a capacity final field of 16 starters plus three emergencies.
Personal suffered an early blow drawing out in gate 17, which will become barrier 15 at best with emergencies out come Saturday.
Jockey Damien Oliver reunites with the reigning VRC Oaks winner and chases his third victory in the event in the past 20 years.
Oliver rode Tully Thunder (2002) to victory in the Schweppes Oaks before another victory just two years back aboard Princess Jenni (2019).
He partnered Personal to her big VRC Oaks win over 2500m last November at Flemington as well as back-to-back placings this time in in the Group 3 The Vanity (2nd) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (3rd).
Jockey James McDonald was aboard for her latest run when failing to fire the Sydney way of going in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 3, Personal after atonement having finished a distant seventh to Hungry Heart that day.
Drawn the opposite end of the field on Saturday with the rails run from barrier one is the all-in favourite in Australasian Oaks betting, the lightly-raced Steinem.
The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained British-bred Frankel filly has just her fourth career start going up in grade for the Group 1 assignment.
Jye McNeil retains the ride on the progressive favourite who won her opening two career starts in Melbourne before heading to Adelaide last time out.
She had the outside alley (16 of 16) at Morphettville on April 17 when only three-quarters of a length back fourth as the beaten odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) that she’s tipped to atone for this weekend.
That race has proved the best form line to follow into the Australasian Oaks in recent years with the double last completed by Sopressa (2018).
This autumn it is Teofilo filly Tyche Goddess for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young backing-up off a win in the Auraria Stakes into the Oaks.
She improved off some hit-and-miss Melbourne runs, including a second last when 13th in the VRC Oaks nearly 50 lengths off Personal, to take out the Group 3 in Adelaide as a 40/1 outsider.
Tyche Goddess now gets the chance to prove that win was no fluke drawn barrier five in the Group 1 with Luke Currie in the saddle.
The other placegetters out of the Auraria Stakes accepted for the Australasian Oaks field are the talented runner-up Ecumenical for Murray Bridge horseman Mick Huxtable and Symon Wilde’s third-placed Pride Of Dubai filly Sirileo Miss.
Adding further interest to this year’s race is the acceptance of the undefeated Scott Brunton-trained Hela from Tasmania.
The flying daughter of Night Of Thunder has won all seven of her career starts to date back home and was last seen dominating at an unbackable $1.03 starting price in a BenchMark 84 over the mile by nearly three lengths at Hobart on April 18.
Saturday is a huge class rise and acid test for Brunton’s filly, but she is rock hard fit and looks suited to the 2000m drawn a treat in barrier three for jockey David Pires.
The Australasian Oaks is set to run as Morphettville Race 7 at 3:25pm (ACST) on Saturday.
2021 Australasian Oaks Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x52221x237||PERSONAL||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Damien Oliver||17||56kg||106|
|2||12310×5216||CHICA FUERTE||Anthony & Sam Freedman||8||56kg||88|
|3||21×4355417||TOKORANGI (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||2||56kg||85|
|4||1111111||HELA||Scott Brunton||David Pires||3||56kg||83|
|5||5436371134||LLANACORD (NZ)||Stephen Nickalls||Brett Prebble||16||56kg||82|
|6||x8642x7102||ECUMENICAL||Mick Huxtable||Ms Jessica Eaton||15||56kg||78|
|7||103330×291||TYCHE GODDESS||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Luke Currie||5||56kg||78|
|8||236×131||RIPPER RITA||Greg Eurell||Jamie Mott||10||56kg||77|
|9||12×123||SIRILEO MISS||Symon Wilde||Craig Williams||9||56kg||74|
|10||5211633||FLEXIBLE||James Cummings||William Pike||4||56kg||74|
|11||11389×522||MOZZIE MONSTER||John Sadler||Craig Newitt||14||56kg||73|
|12||21×361||BROOKSPIRE||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||7||56kg||71|
|13||114||STEINEM (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||1||56kg||69|
|14||31×128||FLYING MASCOT (NZ)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||12||56kg||68|
|15||3321×319||MISS GOBCAIN||Mark C Webb||Brian Park||18||56kg||66|
|16||823×11||MEDIA AWARD||Chris Calthorpe||Luke Nolen||13||56kg||66|
|17e||22×2123||AMERICAIN ANGEL||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||6||56kg||64|
|18e||92×230||SPECTACLE||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Barend Vorster||11||56kg||60|
|19e||5x005x4716||SHE’S DREAMING||Nicole Bruggemann||Ms Claudia Lions||19||56kg||56|
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