Ladbrokes Tip: The Schweppervescence Stakes held at the same track earlier in the autumn is the key lead-up to the Australasian Oaks
The Australasian Oaks – registered as the Schweppes Oaks – is one of two Group 1 races held at Morphettville Racecourse on Robert Sangster Stakes Day during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival in late April or early May.
Open to three-year-old fillies the set weights race is conducted over 2000m and attracts a field of both local and interstate talent each season. Offering $500,000 in total prize money the Schweppes Australasian Oaks has been dominated by favourites in recent years and has a capacity of 16 starters.
The 2020 Australasian Oaks prize money was cut to $400,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) held over 200m shorter a fortnight earlier also at Adelaide’s premier track is the key lead-up providing a host of recent Australasian Stakes winners. Sopressa (2018) was the last filly to complete the double.
The latest edition of the Australasian Oaks ran on Saturday May 1, 2021 and was won in a boilover by Media Award ($61).
Australasian Oaks Race Info
- Date: Saturday May 1, 2021
- Track: Morphettville Racecourse
- Distance: 2000m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $500,000
- First Run: 1982
2021 Australasian Oaks Results
The official Australasian Schweppes Oaks 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday May 1, 2021.
- 1st: #16 Media Award
- 2nd: #1 Personal
- 3rd: #8 Ripper Rita
The Chris Calthorpe-trained filly from Geelong, Media Award ($61), was good late stepping up notably in grade to defeat Group 1 VRC Oaks hero Personal ($16) in an upset Australasian Oaks 2021 result.
Australasian Oaks Odds & Betting
Favourites have a strong recent record with the shortest-priced in Australasian Oaks betting saluting seven times from 2006 – 2021 most recently Toffee Tongue ($5 in 2020) and Princess Jenni ($3.30 in 2019). There was a huge upset in 2021 however with Media Award ($61) becoming the first double-figure winner in the race since 2010.
Australasian Schweppes Oaks odds are traditionally dominated by fillies coming off a top four run in the lead-up with the last winner to run worse than fourth in her final start being Anamato (2007) who improve on a 12th in Sydney’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Interstate visitors have a strong record against the locals and often feature highly in Australasian Oaks betting markets, including in 2018 when the Darren Weir-trained Sopressa led an all-Victorian Australasian Oaks trifecta and in 2020 with Chris Waller enjoying his second victory with Toffee Tongue.
2021 Australasian Oaks Betting
The season’s top Schweppes Oaks odds online will be available here as soon as Australasian Oaks betting 2021 is open so stay tuned to see the price on your selections for the Group 1 in Adelaide.
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Australasian Oaks will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Australasian Oaks Field
Schweppes Oaks winner Delicacy (2015) went on to beat the boys in that year’s SA Derby. Photo Credit: Jenny Barnes.
The Australasian Oaks field has a capacity of 16 starters and from 2003 – 2021 was run under capacity just four times.
The only time the Schweppes Oaks field was run with under 10 starters in the past 30 years was when Episode defeated just eight rivals back in 1999.
Australasian Oaks nominations close the week prior, with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw released on the Tuesday of race week.
Plenty of interstate talent features in the Robert Sangster Stakes field each year and visiting mares from outside of Adelaide boast an excellent record in the race including the 2017 win by the Sydney-trained Egg Tart for trainer Chris Waller, the 2018 victory of the Darren Weir-trained Sopressa who backed-up from a lead-up win in Adelaide’s Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) and Waller posting his second success in 2020 with Toffee Tongue. The upset 2021 Australasian Oaks winner Media Award hailed from Geelong in Victoria.
2021 Australasian Oaks Field
The official Schweppes Australasian Oaks 2021 field of fillies is set for release the Tuesday leading-up to Robert Sangster Stakes Day and will be available below so stay tuned.
A capacity line-up of fillies is set to do battle in the 2021 Australasian Oaks field on Saturday including the rails-drawn favourite Steinem having just her fourth career start and the undefeated Tassie raider Hela chasing an eighth straight win.
- Scratched: #11 Mozzie Monster (14)
cf “year”] Australasian Oaks Nominations
The early Australasian Oaks 2021 nominations are taken on a Tuesday two weeks out from the event and will be listed below once closed.
Forty-one fillies make-up the 2021 Australasian Oaks nominations including last start Group 3 Schweppervescence winner Tyche Goddess and Scott Brunton’s undefeated Tasmanian-trained filly Hela chasing a perfect eight-from-eight start to her career.
Australasian Oaks Form Guide
All of the essential information including jockeys, trainers and barriers are listed in the Australasian Schweppes Oaks form guide each year. Looking for fillies coming off nice lead-up form at the track with the potential to run out a strong 2000m is important.
From 2009 – 2021 six of the 13 winners jumped from a double digit Australasian Oaks barrier and since 1983 the most successful gate producing six winners is eight.
Damien Oliver has ridden three previous Australasian Oaks winners, but none since Tully Thunder (2002), while Lee Freedman has trained four winners with Grand Eschezeaux (2000) the most recent.
Australasian Oaks Form Facts
- Last-start winners have dominated the Schweppes Oaks results in the past decade including most recently Sopressa (2018), Princess Jenni (2019) and Media Award (2021)
- The Auraria Stakes (Schweppervescence Stakes) is the key lead-up to the Group 1 including producing four of the seven winners from 2012 – 2021 with Sopressa (2018) the latest to do the double
- Single-figure hopes in Australasian Oakes betting make the best bet with double-figure upsets very uncommon
2021 Australasian Oaks Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Australasian Oaks 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Australasian Oaks Tips
Taking a filly coming off a top three run at the track is a top Australasian Oaks tip and from 2008 – 2021 10 of the 14 winners came off a win including Abbey Marie (2016), Egg Tart (2017), Sopressa (2018), Princess Jenni (2019) and upset 60/1 winner Media Award (2021).
Some of the top lead-up races to consider when doing the Schweppes Oaks tips in Adelaide include the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes and Group 2 SA Fillies Classic both held at the same track earlier in the season.
Melbourne’s Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) has also provided two Australasian Oaks winners in the past 10 years with Zarita (2008) and Gallica (2009) both completing the double.
2021 Australasian Oaks Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Australasian Schweppes Oaks tips 2021 and best bets on the fillies to back and sack in the Morphettville staying showdown will be detailed right here the week of the race.
- To Win: #4 Hela ($4.80 at time of publish)
An open and intriguing edition of the Oaks with a number of varying form lines to consider. The unknown is the one from the Apple Isle, but willing to go out on a limb and back the Tassie raider. Scott Brunton’s undefeated Night Of Thunder filly Hela has been sensational at home winning all seven of her career starts. Last time out she was so dominant as the unbackable $1.03 favourite in a Benchmark 84 over the mile at Hobart, winning by nearly three lengths and she looks a big chance interstate for the first time here at 2000m.
Australasian Oaks Results
Favourites have a good recent strike rate in the Australasian Oaks results however some upsets have occurred. The longest priced winners in the past 10 years are Irish Darling (2005) and Small Minds (2010) who both jumped at a $26 starting price.
Some of the most notable Schweppes Oaks winners include Egg Tart (2017), Delicacy (2015), May’s Dream (2014), Lights Of Heaven (2011) and Zarita (2008).
Australasian Oaks Winners
||Affair To Remember
||House Of Cartier
||C’est Beau La Vie
||Our Miss Jones
||Lights Of Heaven
||No Evidence Needed
||Miss Lily Rose
||Moment In Time
||Queen Of Queens
||Star Of Grechen
||South Sea Pearl