2019 Australasian Oaks Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:41pm

Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m)

Li’l Kontra is yet to finish outside the places during her racing career and on exposed form, looks the one to beat in the first. The Krupt filly has stepped out seven times so far and is easily the most experienced runner in the field, but her performances have also been excellent, and she was last seen recording a two-length win at Listed level, at this track and distance.

2 Units Li’l Kontra

Race 2 - 1:16pm

Triple M Handicap (1600m)

A Shin Rook returned to winning form at this track and distance last time out and looks ready to peak fourth-up. The Heart’s Cry gelding has improved with racing this time and ran a credible third in the Listed CS Hayes Memorial Cup prior to his impressive last-start win. He’s drawn beautifully in barrier 3 and should be given every opportunity to make it two in a row in this small field.

Balf’s Choice is rock-hard fit and looks a nice chance in the second on Australasian Oaks Day. The Written Tycoon gelding has been up and racing since November, but he has continued to return quality performances and results and raced away from his rivals to score with ease at this track and distance two back, before a fair effort for fifth last time out.

3 Units A Shin Rook

1 Unit Balf’s Choice

Race 3 - 1:56pm

Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m)

Haunted was an impressive first-up winner and looks well placed to score his first win in black type company. The Godolphin-trained gelding was utterly dominant at Caulfield two weeks ago and strode away in the straight to score by two lengths. He has options on Saturday from the rails draw and is primed to win again.

Despatch is seeking three in a row and looks the big danger. The four-year-old won the Listed Oakbank Stakes last time out, but this is another rise in class.

2 Units Haunted

Race 4 - 2:36pm

TAB Handicap (2000m)

Handsome Return has produced several eye-catching runs this time and looks a winning chance in the fourth. He hit the line well to win on the Parks course here at Morphettville two back before running a close-up third in a tougher race at Caulfield, after being forced to do plenty of early work. He’s yet to contest a race at 2000m in Australia but everything that he has done so far suggests that he’ll relish it at this point of his prep.

2 Units Handsome Return

Race 5 - 3:16pm

Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m)

Spanish Reef has returned several typically strong efforts this time and will be tough to beat in the Queen Of The South. The Lope De Vega mare took a couple of runs to find her best, but produced a gutsy effort to win the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy before finishing a nose second in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes. She missed the kick in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf most recently but flew home for fifth and she’ll appreciate this decent step back in class.

Bring Me Roses has slowly built to the task this time and looms as a live each-way chance at a price here. The High Chaparral mare is a multiple Group 1 placegetter and the combination of trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Barend Vorster has been a strong one this season.

3 Units Spanish Reef

0.5 Units Bring Me Roses

Race 6 - 3:56pm

Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m)

Aristia turned in a rare lacklustre performance in the Australian Oaks last time out but is the only Group winner into this field and will be tough to beat here. The Lonhro filly broke her maiden at Group 2 level over this trip in spring before winning the Group 1 VRC Oaks only five days later. There was a lot to like about her first three efforts this time in and if she returns to her best, she’ll be right in the finish.

Princess Jenni faces a rise in class, but she’s has recorded impressive wins at her two most-recent efforts and looks up to a race of this quality. The daughter of High Chaparral is drawn ideally in barrier 3 and has the advantage of champion hoop Damien Oliver in the saddle.

2 Units Aristia

1 Unit Princess Jenni

Race 7 - 4:36pm

Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m)

This field is wide open and there is a case to be made for more than half of the fifteen confirmed fillies and mares.

I’ll Have A Bit’s record at Morphettville is simply outstanding and she looks over the odds at her double-figure quote in Robert Sangster Stakes betting. The daughter of Smart Missile won the Group 2 Euclase here at $101 before finishing third in The Goodwood last year, and she has steadily built to the task this time. She’s drawn well and with even luck, can fight out the finish.

1 Unit I’ll Have A Bit

Race 8 - 5:15pm

Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m)

Terbium is yet to taste anything but success and looks the one to beat in the Euclase. The Terango gelding debuted in January for a dominant win at Strathalbyn and continued to improve as Phillip Stokes raised the bar; winning the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield at his most-recent effort. He’s been freshened for this and has had the benefit of a trial and with even luck, he’ll take beating.

Humma Humma rarely runs a bad race and she does look a touch of overs at double-figure Euclase Stakes odds. The Denman filly stamped herself as one to watch during a strong and consistent spring campaign and has returned four quality efforts this time, including a smart win in the Listed Redelva Stakes over 1100m here three weeks ago.

2 Units Terbium

1 Unit Humma Humma

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