Australian Oaks 2018

Saturday April 14, 2018

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor recent record in the Australian Oaks so try laying the top fancy

The Australian Oaks is one of four exciting Group 1 races held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run on the second Saturday of April the 2400m race is open to three-year-old fillies and is held at the same meeting as the autumn’s richest race, the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

The other Group 1 races on the card that day are the Sydney Cup and Queen Of The Turf Stakes – also known as The Coolmore Legacy Stakes. The Australian Oaks, or ATC Oaks, is a set weights event with all the fillies in the field carrying 56kg. Offering $1 million in total prize money the Australian Oaks winner takes out $600,000 for connections.

Winners of the Adrian Knox Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes are exempt from Australian Oaks ballot and these two races are the key lead-ups to the Group 1 over the mile and a half.

Royal Descent (2013) was the last filly to complete the Adrian Knox Stakes – ATC Australian Oaks double joining the likes of Serenade Rose (2006), Rena’s Lady (2007) and Heavenly Glow (2008) who also took out both races in recent years.

The latest edition of the Australian Oaks took place on Saturday April 14, 2018 .

2018 Australian Oaks Results

  • 1st: #3 Unforgotten
  • 2nd: #2 Hiyaam
  • 3rd: #11 Miss Admiration

Australian Oaks Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1885

2018 Australian Oaks Results

The Australian Oaks 2018 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 14, 2018 and confirmed below once announced.

The official 2018 Australian Oaks Results saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Unforgotten run down her last start conqueror in the Vinery Stud Stakes, Hiyaam, for a class staying win.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 56kg $4F
2 2 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 1L 1 56kg $4.60
3 11 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Damien Oliver 3.3L 11 56kg $101
4 6 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 4.4L 12 56kg $26
5 4 SAVVY COUP (NZ) Michael & Matthew Pitman Chris Johnson 5.7L 2 56kg $8
6 8 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs Michael Walker 6.3L 3 56kg $17
7 1 ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 6.9L 9 56kg $5.50
8 9 CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12.5L 6 56kg $21
9 7 CONTESSA VANESSA (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Craig Williams 13.4L 5 56kg $31
10 10 SHE’S A TREASURE (NZ) Tony Pike Damian Lane 15.4L 4 56kg $41
11 5 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 15.8L 13 56kg $6.50
12 13 WILD SEA Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 19.8L 8 56kg $71
13 12 NAIVASHA Nigel Blackiston Rhys McLeod 25.9L 10 56kg $151

Australian Oaks Odds & Betting

One of the popular fillies’ betting doubles of the autumn is the Adrian Knox Stakes – Australian Oaks double with the former the key lead-up race influencing markets for the Group 1 a week later. Australian Oaks betting favours fillies coming out of the Adrian Knox as well as the Vinery Stud Stakes held over 2000m at Sydney’s other premier track – Rosehill – two weeks earlier.

From 2006 – 2018 four Australian Oaks favourites saluted for the punters including, most recently Bonneval ($4.20 in 2017) and Unforgotten ($4 in 2018).

Looking for fillies coming off good form with a good barrier in the Australian Oaks odds is also important as just two winners since 2002 jumped from a double digit gate when Daffodil overcame barrier 11 of 18 to win in 2009 and Sofia Rosa got the job done from 11 of 14 in 2016.

2018 Australian Oaks Betting

The Australian Oaks 2018 betting odds on the Group 1 autumn feature for three-year-old fillies will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned.

Australian Oaks Field

Australian Oaks odds favoured a win by Streama in 2012.

Streama (2012) was the last favourite in Australian Oaks betting to salute for the punters in the autumn classic for fillies. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The largest Australian Oaks field in the past 30 years was 18 starters in 2009 when Daffodil scored an upset win as a 12/1 chance in betting. The race run with just eight starters in both 2007 and 2012 when Rena’s Lady and Streama won respectively.

Featuring the season’s best staying three-year-old fillies the Australian Oaks field is primarily made-up of horses coming out of the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) run the previous Saturday on Doncaster Mile Day.

The Adrian Knox Stakes has produced seven Australian Oaks winners in the past 20 years including Gust Of Wind (4th) in 2015. Australian Oaks nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The official Australian Oaks field of final acceptors and barrier draw is then out on the Tuesday before the race, while connections have until the same day to pay the $22,000 late entry fee.

2018 Australian Oaks Field

The Australian Oaks 2018 field and barrier draw will be announced the Tuesday leading-up to Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ with the full list of young staying fillies listed below.

The official 2018 Australian Oaks Final Field features 13 hopefuls including last start Vinery Stud Stakes winner Hiyaam who came up trumps with barrier one. Savvy Coup and Luvaluva both come into the ATC Oaks field in flying form chasing a third win on the trot having won the NZ Oaks and Adrian Knox Stakes respectively last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x5116x503 ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 9 56kg 105
2 5x12343x31 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 1 56kg 103
3 72x111x012 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 56kg 98
4 3711213311 SAVVY COUP (NZ) Michael & Matthew Pitman Chris Johnson 2 56kg 97
5 776214×611 LUVALUVA (NZ) John Sargent Kerrin McEvoy 13 56kg 95
6 32102×2300 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 12 56kg 95
7 4473120112 CONTESSA VANESSA (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Craig Williams 5 56kg 95
8 3×16235 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs Michael Walker 3 56kg 85
9 8x211x4113 CHILLY CHA CHA (NZ) Kris Lees Jason Collett 6 56kg 76
10 543196 SHE’S A TREASURE (NZ) Tony Pike Damian Lane 4 56kg 75
11 6x8405x419 MISS ADMIRATION Mick Price Damien Oliver 11 56kg 62
12 451 NAIVASHA Nigel Blackiston Rhys McLeod 10 56kg 62
13 71 WILD SEA Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 8 56kg 62
  • 2018 Australian Oaks Nominations closed on February 12, 2018 and drew 148 fillies
  • 2018 Australian Oaks First Acceptances closed on Tuesday March 13, 2018 leaving 64 hopefuls

2018 Australian Oaks First Acceptances

The official Australian Oaks 2018 First Acceptances are now out featuring 64 fillies including the spring’s VRC Oaks runner-up Bring Me Roses whose last start this campaign was the good third in the Australian Guineas (1600m).

2018 ATC Oaks Nominations

The official ATC Australian Oaks 2018 Nominations feature a bumper 148 three-year-old fillies led by the Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia. Other standouts include the consistent Chris Waller-trained Unforgotten and VRC Oaks fourth placed Luvaluva.

Australian Oaks Tips

Australian Oaks tips favour young fillies with proven form over at least 2000m showing the potential to run out a strong mile and a half. Tipping Australian Oaks runners on the short back-up out of the Adrian Knox Stakes is always popular and the Adrian Knox – ATC Oaks is common betting double.

Another key lead-up race to consider when doing the Australian Oaks tips is the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day a fortnight before. Four Australian Oaks winners from 2010 – 2018 had their final lead-up in the Vinery Stud Stakes including Rising Romance (4th) in 2014 and Unforgotten (2nd) in 2018 who defeated that year’s winner Hiyaam in a reverse of the quinella.

2018 Australian Oaks Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Australian Oaks 2018 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so you know what fillies to back and sack in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Group 1 this autumn.

  • 1st: #4 SAVVY COUP ($7)
  • 2nd: #5 LUVALUVA ($5.50)
  • 3rd: #3 UNFORGOTTEN ($4.50)

Wide open edition of the Oaks, can the Kiwis do it again? At a good price is the impressive NZ Oaks winner over the distance last time out across the Tasman SAVVY COUP ($7). She hasn’t had a run down under yet, but neither did BONNEVAL last year and a Good track is a non-issue. Tipping her to do the double with the fresh edge over the Aussies. LUVALUVA ($5.50) comes off a gutsy Adrian Knox Stakes win last weekend carrying 60kg. Back to set weights and up to 2400m she’s a danger having run third in the VRC Oaks in Melbourne last spring. Punters have eased on the favourite UNFORGOTTEN ($4.50). Distance is the query, but breeding says she will run it and she’s going well having beaten the colts & geldings in Group 2 company two back before the Vinery Stud Stakes second.

Australian Oaks Form Guide

The Australian Oaks form guide provides punters with all the key information including saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, lead-up races and barriers. The last Australian Oaks winner to run worse than fifth in her final lead-up run was Sunday Joy who improved on a 12th against the boys in the Australian Derby to win the fillies’ equivalent in 2003.

Since 1992 just four Australian Oaks winning fillies came off a run outside of Sydney with New Zealand raider Daffodil (2009), that year’s Schweppes Oaks runner-up in Adelaide Absolutely (2011), another Kiwi Sofai Rosa (2016) who ran second in the NZ Oaks back home and most recently Bonneval (2017) who did the NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double.

Gai Waterhouse has trained three Australian Oaks winners since 2000 including Once Were Wild (2010). The most successful Australian Oaks barrier draw producing six winners since 1983 is gate five followed by the inside alley with five winners out of barrier one in that time despite the distance of the race.

Australian Oaks Form Facts

  • Favourites in Australian Oaks betting have won twice in recent years with Unforgotten (2018) and Bonneval (2017) the first to salute since Streama (2012)
  • Roughies in Australian Oaks odds have had a number of recent wins including Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015), Absolutely (31 in 2011) and Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007)
  • The Adrian Knox Stakes is the key Australian Oaks form line to follow into the Group 1 race
  • Fillies that ran outside the top four in their lead-up run are ones to avoid when doing the Australian Oaks form
  • Sunday Joy (12th in 2003) was the last Australian Oaks winning filly to come off a Australian Derby run against the boys
  • The Australian Derby – Oaks double was last achieved by Research (1989)

2018 ATC Oaks Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive ATC Australian Oaks 2018 Form Guide will be made available below the week of the race.

Australian Oaks Results

Upset Australian Oaks results are not uncommon with the favourites having only a fair record in the classic. The longest priced winners over the past decade are Rena’s Lady ($21 in 2007), Absolutely ($31 in 2011) and Gust Of Wind ($17 in 2015).

Notable recent Australian Oaks winners include Unforgotten (2018), Rising Romance (2014), Royal Descent (2013), Streama (2012) and Serenade Rose (2006).

Australian Oaks Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Unforgotten Hiyaam Miss Admiration 2:27.2
2017 Bonneval Perfect Rhyme Lasqueti Spirit 2.36.2
2016 Sofia Rosa Ambience Believe 2:34.2
2015 Gust Of Wind Winx Candelara 2:32.4
2014 Rising Romance Zanbagh Lucia Valentina 2:31.7
2013 Royal Descent Dear Demi Gondokoro 2:34.1
2012 Streama Aliyana Tilde Thy 2:31.
2011 Absolutely Shamrocker Pinker Pinker 2:35.6
2010 Once Were Wild Faint Perfume Run For Naara 2:30.4
2009 Daffodil Think Money Miss Darcey 2;33.3
2008 Heavenly Glow Boundless Galileo’s Daughter 2:34.8
2007 Rena’s Lady Perfect Drop Tuesday Joy 2:33.7
2006 Serenade Rose Flora Danica Beauty Watch 2:28.6
2005 Dizelle She’s Justa Tad Gee That’s Tops 2:34.2
2004 Wild Iris French Lady Boulevard Of Dreams 2:30.5
2003 Sunday Joy Shower Of Roses Bramble Rose 2:32.5
2002 Republic Lass Elegant Fashion Quays 2:31.0
2001 Rose Archway Tempest Morn Asia 2:35.8
2000 Coco Cobanna Tributes Miss Zoe 2:32.5