A talented and capacity field of 16 three-year-old fillies and four emergency runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville; offering punters exceptional value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
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Fontein Ruby has returned to racing in typically smart form this time and has maintained status as outright favourite in Australasian Oaks betting markets as a result. We’re currently offering the talented filly at a quote of $3.50 for success; having drifted from opening odds of $3.30.
Posting six wins and a further five minors through her seventeen career starts so far, Fontein Ruby stamped her claims as one to watch over an impressive spring preparation, highlighted by consecutive victories in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).
Finishing in the first three in both the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) upon resuming this time, the daughter of Turffontein failed to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) but carries winning form into the Australasian Oaks having won both the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m) and Vobis Gold Reef (1600m) most recently.
Returning to her pet distance of 2000m, Fontein Ruby has been confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Mark Zahra and will leave from the ideal barrier 2.
Fenway broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in her last competitive start and is a leading chance to deliver on $4.60 odds in the Australasian Oaks, particularly having drawn gate 6.
Fenway was unlucky to finish fourth in each of the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) and Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1600m) upon resuming this time but responded in the best way possible when maintaining a strong late sprint to win the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on March 28th.
Unlucky to miss the Group 1 Australian Oaks during The Championships as a result of a hoof abscess, trainers Lee and Shannon Hope are confident the High Chaparral filly has returned to peak condition and have booked last start jockey Blake Shinn to take the ride on Saturday.
Perth raider Delicacy has registered exceptional form since returning to competition in late January and arguably offers the best value for success at current Australasian Oaks odds of $7.50.
Finishing outside the first three only once through her 12 career starts to date, the Al Maher filly has amazingly taken out each of the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m), Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) in her four most recent appearances.
Requiring some luck from barrier 11, Delicacy will be partnered by Peter Hall after regular hoop William Pike dislocated his shoulder mid-week.
The Chris Waller-trained Wine Tales ($9) interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at Australasian Oaks odds of less than $10 and carries strong Sydney metropolitan black type form into her South Australian debut.
Having placed second in each of the Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) and Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) most notably over her four autumn starts, the daughter of Tale Of The Cat is positioned well in barrier 8 and is sure to be boosted by the addition of standout hoop Hugh Bowman for the Australasian Oaks ride.
Ungrateful Ellen has cut from $26 opening odds to currently figure as clear $12 market mover, while Kansas Sunflower ($21), Sea Spray ($21) and Bahamas ($21) all offer great value in current form at double figure odds.