2021 Australasian Oaks Field Gets Personal

April 27, 2021

2021 Australasian Oaks Field Gets Personal

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.

Personal Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

VRC Oaks winner Personal is a key chance in Saturday’s 2021 Australasian Oaks field in Adelaide. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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