Kennedy Oaks 2021 Nominations Draw 48 Fillies

October 5, 2021

Kennedy Oaks 2021 Nominations Draw 48 Fillies

A total of 48 three-year-old fillies make-up the official 2021 Kennedy Oaks nominations for this season as the countdown to the premier staying races of the spring heats up.

Barb Raider (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Preview winner Barb Raider is one of the standout 2021 Kennedy Oaks nominations this spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Set to run on the third day of the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival on Thursday November 4, this year’s Group 1 $1 million Kennedy VRC Oaks (2500m) drew just under 50 early entries.

Melbourne Cup winning horseman Danny O’Brien is in with four entries as he chases a second VRC Oaks win in three years following his 2019 success with Miami Bound.

Two of his fillies also hold a nomination for the previous Saturday’s Group 1 $2 million Penfolds Victoria Derby (2500m), that time-honoured classic drawing 63 nominations this year including five fillies.

The two Derby – Oaks dual acceptors for O’Brien are Kapalua Sunset and his recent Listed Super Impose Stakes winner over 1800m at Flemington El Patroness.

Nicely-bred Tavistock filly Kapalua Sunset has had two starts and broke her maiden status last time out on September 21 at Kyneton over 1875m by a runaway seven lengths.

That performance shot her to the top of the all-in Kennedy Oaks odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au where she currently pays $6.

Her stablemate El Patroness, who defeated the all-in VRC Derby favourite Gunstock (3rd) in the Super Impose, follows closely on $8.

Between them at VRC Oaks odds of $7 post-nominations is Barb Raider for Mornington horseman Jerome Hunter.

Barb Raider is a daughter of the 2008 Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider who claimed victory at 100/1.

She has had four runs for two wins to date, the latest an eye-catching two-length effort over Blackcomb at Flemington on September 22 over the 1800 as the odds-on favourite in the Kennedy Oaks Preview.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott recently won the Oaks in Melbourne in 2017 with Pinot and they have three entries led by their upset Flight Stakes winner from last weekend Never Been Kissed.

Flight Stakes runner-up for Chris Waller, Hinged, is also Kennedy Oaks-nominated and is the sole entry for Waller who is yet to prepare a winner of the classic.

A start in the Oaks for the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Atlantic Jewel Stakes winner Zouzarella meanwhile will depend on whether she salutes for the punters as the favourite in next week’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

The Freedman’s have also entered their Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Elusive Express, and the two placegetters out of that mile showdown Yearning for Team Hawkes and Glint Of Hope for Busuttin & Young are also nominated for a potential rematch in the Oaks.

The 2021 Kennedy Oaks first acceptances close on Tuesday October 19 with the latest all-in markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2021 Kennedy Oaks Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3211 BARB RAIDER F 3 Jerome Hunter 1= 56kg
2 9x521x8 GONNADANCEALOT F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 1= 56kg
3 1191 NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 56kg
4 112×211102 HINGED F 3 Chris Waller 4 56kg
5 1×231 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 5 56kg
6 112 ZOUZARELLA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 6 56kg
7 79×1751 QUEEN OF DUBAI F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 56kg
8 331 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien 8 56kg
9 5121×78 BISCAYNE BAY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 56kg
10 25×4912 YEARNING F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 56kg
11 143×131 BULLOO F 3 Stuart Kendrick 11 56kg
12 3320×44343 VIANELLO F 3 James Cummings 12 56kg
13 8628×71655 CHILL F 3 Anthony Cummings 13 56kg
14 22444 STALKING F 3 James Cummings 14 56kg
15 1×67127 DOUCEUR F 3 Patrick Payne 15 56kg
16 422×2 WHATAFOX F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg
17 66×125 ADELE AMOUR F 3 John Sadler 17 56kg
18 43×201 ACHIRA F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 18 56kg
19 233 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 56kg
20 3x72x214 I LIKE BIG PUTTS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 20 56kg
21 724×31 AUDREY GIRL F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 21 56kg
22 2×3277 MOKULUA F 3 Clarry Conners 22 56kg
23 4×522 BLACKCOMB F 3 Danny O’Brien 23 56kg
24 4×4969 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings 24 56kg
25 45×515 CHITABE (NZ) F 3 David Payne 25 56kg
26 148 ANCIENT GIRL (NZ) F 3 Clinton McDonald 26 56kg
27 824×433 TIZ MY BAY F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 27 56kg
28 31 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 28 56kg
29 5x883x571 KHAN’S TREASURE (NZ) F 3 Barry Goodwin 29 56kg
30 456 DAISIES F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 30 56kg
31 61 BURNING POWER F 3 Patrick Payne 31= 56kg
32 1 PEARL RAIN F 3 Patrick Payne 31= 56kg
33 352 WILLOWY F 3 James Cummings 33 56kg
34 865x608x78 LOVIN’ FEELIN’ F 3 John Sargent 34 56kg
35 58×820 GALACTIC ANGEL F 3 Anthony Cummings 35 56kg
36 6×255 GAME LEGEND F 3 John Sadler 36 56kg
37 43×44 MORRISSETTE F 3 Simon Ryan 37 56kg
38 782 DUNALLEY F 3 David Brideoake 38 56kg
39 55×75 DE LA FAYETTE F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 39 56kg
40 53 ETEREA F 3 Matt Cumani 40 56kg
41 44 TRUSTED LADY (NZ) F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 41 56kg
42 746 FABIOLA F 3 Ken & Kasey Keys 42 56kg
43 7×76 GRINZINGER QUEEN F 3 Danny O’Brien 43= 56kg
44 7x I’M DIVINE F 3 Edward Cummings 43= 56kg
45 7 KINTSUGI BELLE (NZ) F 3 Henry Dwyer 43= 56kg
46 70×0 MAGIC MIA F 3 Dean S Smith 43= 56kg
47 5 POWER OF SONG F 3 Symon Wilde 43= 56kg
48 5 VANCOUVER RAIN F 3 Matt Cumani 43= 56kg

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