2018 Australasian Oaks Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:41pm

Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m)

Sanglier is a horse with plenty of speed and he comes into this contest on the back of a credible second place finish behind Sunset Watch at Caulfield. He doesn’t have to get as far back as he did last start at Caulfield as he maps to get a lovely run right on the speed with Damian Lane in the saddle.

1.5 Units Sanglier

Race 2 - 1:16pm

Beresford Wines Handicap (2000m)

Waging War was nothing short of dominant in the VOBIS Gold Mile last start at Caulfield and this race is no tougher. The step-up to 2000 metres is not an issue – he is unbeaten at this distance – and he should now be at peak fitness fourth-up. It would not surprise if he ended up starting this race odds-on and I would be locking in the $2.20 that is currently available.

4 Units Waging War

Race 3 - 1:56pm

Carbine Club Handicap (1600m)

Lite’n In My Veins has been excellent since he was sent to Adelaide and his last start win in the CS Hayes Memorial Cup was incredible soft. The scary thing for his rivals is that he still has the scope to improve on that performance and if he does that he will go to a level that will be very tough for the rest of this field to match.

3 Units Lite’n In My Veins

Race 4 - 2:36pm

Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m)

This is a fascinating edition of the Euclase Stakes. There is plenty of hype surrounding Nature Strip, but his reputation was tarnished somewhat when he was beaten by Sam’s Image at Caulfield last start. Punters were quick to blame jockey Craig Williams for the defeat, but I think that Nature Strip had his chance late and may be a touch overrated.

The horse that does appeal at his current odds is Isaurian. His run in the South Pacific Classic was better than it looked on paper and the drop back in trip to 1200 metres is a positive. He maps to get a lovely run into the race with Mark Zahra in the saddle and he is capable of recording an upset win.

1 Unit Isaurian

Race 5 - 3:16pm

D C McKay Stakes (1100m)

Sprightly Lass has now recorded five wins from her seven race starts and in one of those defeats she was the first horse to cross the line, but lost the race on protest. She beat what was a fairly strong field to win the Ladbrokes Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield last start and this race is no tougher. Dwayne Dunn will take her straight to the front in the early stages of this contest and she will prove very hard to finish over the top of late.

2 Units Sprightly Lass

Race 6 - 3:56pm

Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m)

This is a very open edition of the Australasian Oaks and there are a stack of winning chances. Savacool, Sopressa and Think Bleue are all progressive gallopers that must be respected, but this is a genuine step-up in class and I am happy to take them all on at their current odds.

The horse that appeals at a double-figure quote is Bring Me Roses. She showed her quality when she finished third behind Grunt and Peaceful State in the Australian Guineas and her last start effort in the Australian Oaks was incredibly tough.

Aloisia hasn’t gone to the heights that we expected of her following her strong Spring campaign, but the drop back to 2000 metres is ideal for her. She finished third behind Hiyaam and Unforgotten in the Vinery Stud Stakes and a repeat of that performance would make her very tough to beat in the Australasian Oaks.

1 Unit Bring Me Roses

1 Unit Aloisia

Race 7 - 4:36pm

Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m)

This is another very open Group 1 race and you can make a case for the majority of this field. Viddora is a deserving favourite and has to be respected, but I can’t get her as short as her current price on the back of her Irwin Stakes defeat and I am keen to bet around her.

I like the fact that Andrew Noblet has set Super Cash for a first-up tilt at the Robert Sangster Stakes and she does look very well-placed. She has recorded five wins from her six first-up starts and she was excellent when she won the Rubiton Stakes in the Autumn.

Catchy was able to return to her best form with a strong effort in the Arrowfield Sprint and a repeat of that effort would have her right in the Robert Sangster Stakes. She is a horse that does have an excellent turn-of-foot on her day and she maps to get a lovely trail into this race with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.

1 Unit Super Cash

1 Unit Catchy

Race 8 - 5:15pm

Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1200m)

Savapinski is my best bet of the day anywhere in the country. She showed the ability that she possesses when she won the Matriarch Stakes in dominant fashion during the Spring and her first-up effort at Royal Randwick was excellent. The Savabeel mare will take a great deal of improvement out of that performance and she is a mare that makes her own luck right on the speed. I would be surprised if she wasn’t heavily backed.

3 Units Savapinski

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