Marabi Heads Oakleigh Plate 2022 Field & Betting Odds

February 23, 2022

Marabi Heads Oakleigh Plate 2022 Field & Betting Odds

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s undefeated mare Marabi is the well-supported favourite to keep the wins coming as she steps up notably in grade for the 2022 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Marabi (Photo: Paoma Photography) | Races.com.au

Undefeated mare Marabi is again the one to beat in the 2022 Oakleigh Plate field at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The short-distance feature of Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day, the Group 1 $750,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) has drawn a quality field of 13 sprinters led by progressive I Am Invincible five-year-old Marabi.

Lightly-raced having had just the six starts to date, she has risen to the occasion every time coming into her acid test with a flawless record after taking out the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last time out.

Spacing her runs has proven key to getting this mare to step-up to each challenge and she again gets four weeks between winning that Group 2 by nearly three-lengths as the odds-on fancy and her Group 1 debut on Saturday.

Ben Allen retains the ride in the Oakleigh Plate field with Marabi drawn well in barrier two and paying a short $2.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au to salute for the punters again.

Despite the size of the field, just two other runners are currently under double-figures in Oakleigh Plate betting to end the magic run of Marabi with Wild Ruler ($8) for Team Snowden and the rails-drawn Minhaaj ($8.50) for John O’Shea.

Four-year-old Snitzel entire Wild Ruler resumes in the event and has outstanding form when fresh with a trio of wins and two seconds from five previous first-up runs.

A genuine short course horse, he is two from three over the 1100m which looks ideal for him here facing a number of gallopers more suited to the six furlongs.

Last time in he won the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley before things went amiss when last in Sydney’s $15 million The Everest, which he is out to atone for here.

His two lead-up trial wins at Rosehill and Warwick Farm have been excellent and suggest he is ready to return to his best and get his autumn underway in style from barrier six with Mark Zahra aboard.

Kerrin McEvoy partners the other danger in the markets with four-year-old Exceed And Excel mare Minhaaj also first-up.

After moving from the Dabernig & Hayes operation to O’Shea ahead of the spring, she was very good winning back-to-back races in October including the Group 3 Begonia Belle (1100m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

Whether she’s of Group 1 class is the query with her only other elite level performance being a Golden Slipper flop with dead last (16th) behind Farnan back in 2020.

Another mare being kept relatively safe at $10 is a stablemate to the favourite, the fellow Maher & Eustace-trained Away Game in gate five for Ms Linda Meech.

A four-year-old daughter of Snitzel, Away Game is the fit mare in the mix racing third-up and was last seen finishing third to Isotope at the Gold Coast in mid-January’s $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1200m).

She’s a perennial placegetter however so looks a far better shot to run in the first four than to challenge Marabi for the win.

The early Oakleigh Plate market mover is Oxley Road ($16 into $11) being saddled-up from gate nine for trainer Peter Moody.

Another in-form four-year-old, he has a good Caulfield strike-rate (4:2-1-1) including his win in last October’s Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) and was last seen resuming with a good second to Marine One at the track in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 12.

The 2022 Oakleigh Plate is set to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 5:05pm (AEDT) with the latest betting markets available in full here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Oakleigh Plate Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1619x210x WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 6 58kg 112
2 7140x4240x ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 12 58kg 112
3 1x3x2x761x JONKER Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 3 57.5kg 111
4 6x3121323x BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 10 54kg 108
5 111×111 MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 2 54kg 108
6 114x2316x2 OXLEY ROAD Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 9 52.5kg 101
7 x312286x23 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 5 52kg 103
8 2112x222x5 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 4 52kg 99
9 39x164x11x MINHAAJ John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 1 52kg 104
10 10x153x80x POLAND Michael Moroney Michael Poy 8 52kg 90
11 44110x52x1 STREETCAR STRANGER David Jolly Paul Gatt 13 52kg 92
12 53x12938x5 INGRATIATING James Cummings Craig Williams 11 50kg 100
13 115x25125x GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton Matthew Cartwright (a) 7 50kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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